Coretta Scott King Award-winners Charles R. Smith Jr. and Floyd Cooper deliver the compelling story behind the building of the White House, a powerful part of history rarely taught. The home of our president was built by many hands, several of them slaves', who undertook this amazing achievement long before there were machines to do those same jobs. With an insightful author's note and a list of selected resources, this book supports the Common Core State Standards.
Stirring and emotional, Cooper's stunning illustrations bring to life the faces of those who endured hard, brutal work when the profit of their labor was paid to the master, not the slave. The fact that many were able to purchase their freedom after earning money from learning a trade speaks to the strength of those individuals. They created this iconic emblem of America, brick by brick.
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Thereâs a slight upswing in tone as Smith notes that the skills the slaves acquired opened new possibilities (âSkilled hands earn/ one shilling per day,/ reaching slave hands closer/ to freedom with payâ), but thereâs little joy evident when the completed White House is unveiled.Nov 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Brick by Brick
“Slave hands swing axes twelve hours a day, but slave owners take slave hands’ pay.” This book made me feel sad for the slaves because they didn’t get much water or food.Jan 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Brick by Brick
Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that Brick by Brick tells the often-forgotten story that slaves built the White House.Dec 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Brick by Brick
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