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Short Synopsis
In this revealing social history, one remarkable White House dinner becomes a lens through which to examine race, politics, and the lives and legacies of two of America's most iconic figures.

Full Synopsis
In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to have dinner at the executive mansion with the First Family. The next morning, news that the president had dined with a black man—and former slave—sent shock waves through the nation. Although African Americans had helped build the White House and had worked for most of the presidents, not a single one had ever been invited to dine there. Fueled by inflammatory newspaper articles, political cartoons, and even vulgar songs, the scandal escalated and threatened to topple two of America's greatest men.

In this smart, accessible narrative, one seemingly ordinary dinner becomes a window onto post–Civil War American history and politics, and onto the lives of two dynamic men whose experiences and philosophies connect in unexpected ways. Deborah Davis also introduces dozens of other fascinating figures who have previously occupied the margins and footnotes of history, creating a lively and vastly entertaining book that reconfirms her place as one of our most talented popular historians.

"A well-researched, highly [listenable] treatment of an important era in racial relations, encapsulated in the meeting of two of the era's most significant men." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"In fluid prose and with clear respect for her subject matter, Davis paints a vivid picture of race relations at the turn of the 20th century---a story resonating with today's fraught political and racial landscape." ---Publishers Weekly

"This is history that excites. This is history that inspires. And this is history that will make [listners] sit up all night." ---Betty DeRamus
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Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation

Author Deborah Davis

Narrated by Karen White

Publication date Jun 29, 2012

Running time 10 hrs

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