Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mailbox Monday

I am really excited to read this one. It just came in the mail on Friday for review. What an incredible story this must be!

Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and the White House dinner That Shocked a Nation by Deborah Davis

"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.

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."

Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Cindy of Cindy's Love of Books this month. Go check out what others are getting in their mailboxes!


  1. Is that a true story? It sounds fascinating!

  2. Oh, this one sounds very interesting! Enjoy!

  3. Sounds very captivating, enjoy!

  4. Oh I will have to mention this to my brother in law because this is right up his alley. I am sure he would enjoy it. I hope you enjoy it too. Happy reading


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