Barack Obama is the first African American President, but the history of African Americans in the White House long predates him. The building was built by slaves, and African Americans have worked in it ever since, from servants to advisors. In charting the history of African Americans in the White House, Kenneth T. Walsh illuminates the trajectory of racial progress in the US. He looks at Abraham Lincoln and his black seamstress and valet, debates between President Johnson and Martin Luther King over civil rights, and the role of black staff members under Nixon and Reagan. Family of Freedom gives a unique view of US history as seen through the experiences of African Americans in the White House.

chapter 2|18 pages

The Slave-Owning Presidents

chapter 3|18 pages

The Emancipator

chapter 4|8 pages

Opportunity Lost

chapter 5|22 pages

Jim Crow

chapter 6|14 pages

Stirrings of Change

chapter 7|14 pages

A Few Shining Moments

chapter 8|14 pages

Camelot in Black and White

chapter 9|14 pages

The Breakthrough

chapter 10|26 pages

Mixed Results in a Conservative Era

chapter 14|26 pages

Southern Presidents

chapter 12|32 pages

The First Black President

chapter 13|10 pages

Charisma and Reality