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Slave labor in the capital of the land of the free

US Capitol, Washington DC

The recent speech by First Lady Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention highlighted what appears to be a little-known, or at least under-recognized, fact: the importance of slave labor in the construction of the capital the newly independent United States of America. From the White House to the US Capitol building, enslaved Africans were involved in all aspects of construction. Read

The White House Was, in Fact, Built by Slaves By Danny Lewis

Smithsonian Magazine

July 26, 2016

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