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BS: Slavery and the White House

SPB-Cooperator 11 Feb 21 - 05:54 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 Feb 21 - 08:45 AM
Rapparee 11 Feb 21 - 09:12 AM
Mrrzy 11 Feb 21 - 09:15 AM
SPB-Cooperator 11 Feb 21 - 11:19 AM
robomatic 11 Feb 21 - 04:03 PM
Thompson 12 Feb 21 - 05:02 AM
leeneia 13 Feb 21 - 02:05 PM
Lighter 13 Feb 21 - 08:14 PM
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Subject: BS: Salvery and the White House
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 11 Feb 21 - 05:54 AM

I just read in an online article that the White House was originally built, and rebuilt in 1814 wit the help of slave labour.

Is there a memorial to this at the White House, and if not, why not?


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Subject: RE: BS: Salvery and the White House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Feb 21 - 08:45 AM

There are lots of references to it, and it can certainly be found in histories of the building. Michelle Obama mentioned it routinely.


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Subject: RE: BS: Salvery and the White House
From: Rapparee
Date: 11 Feb 21 - 09:12 AM

It's never been secret, just embarrassing. DC was a slave-holding town.


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Subject: RE: BS: Salvery and the White House
From: Mrrzy
Date: 11 Feb 21 - 09:15 AM

Mudelf wanna fix the title?


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Subject: RE: BS: Salvery and the White House
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 11 Feb 21 - 11:19 AM

I read that in the 1850 Compromise, the slave trade was banned in DC, but not slave ownership.


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Subject: RE: BS: Slavery and the White House
From: robomatic
Date: 11 Feb 21 - 04:03 PM

I don't think I gave it a thought until I heard First Lady Michelle Obama mention it, and now I think of it a lot. I'm so glad she was First Lady for a couple of terms. She and her husband were a breath of sorely needed fresh air in our government, and I don't think their effect has been fully dislocated by the sad lot of negative posers who followed for the next four years.

Lincoln made the comment during the American Civil War that has stayed with me, in effect that the progress of the war may undo all the labor that was performed by slavery. I think that statement may be true figuratively at least. But through history we cannot deny that it did, indeed, happen.


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Subject: RE: BS: Slavery and the White House
From: Thompson
Date: 12 Feb 21 - 05:02 AM

There's a monument at the US Capitol - a simple plaque and a block of rough stone - but I can't find any reference to one at the White House.


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Subject: RE: BS: Slavery and the White House
From: leeneia
Date: 13 Feb 21 - 02:05 PM

We still have slaves; they're called interns.


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Subject: RE: BS: Slavery and the White House
From: Lighter
Date: 13 Feb 21 - 08:14 PM

Not exactly.


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