Slaves in Early Washington

The Use of Slaves to Build the Capitol and White House 1791-1801

(previously titled "Slaves at the Founding")

by Bob Arnebeck mailto: bobarnebeck@gmail.com

(author of Through A Fiery Trial: Building Washington 1790-1801 Madison Books, 1991)

History Press will be publishing my book, Slave Labor in the Capital: Building Washington's Iconic Federal Landmarks, on November 18, 2014. The retail price will be $19.99 and the e-book price should be less. You can get more information about the book at my new blog about it, Capital Slaves . Going over all my notes and the documents I've collected for the fourth time in 25 years has sharpened my thinking on the use of slaves in early Washington. I hope you buy and enjoy the book. Meanwhile I am taking down these web pages and this coming year hope to create a blog on slavery in early Washington tied to my book which will include images of all the primary documents I used. You can find the beginnings of that process at Capital Slaves. I am pretty sure that all the references in other books to this web site refer to documents I also refer to in my new book.

my other sites on Washington history:

The Seat of Empire: a History of Washington 1790 to 1861

To Tease and Torment: Two Presidents Confront Suspicions of Sodomy