How to buy the book

You can order at History Press as well as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other on-line retailers. I will send you a signed copy for $23, a little extra to cover shipping. I will send you both Slave Labor in the Capital and Through a Fiery Trial for $40. Send a check to me at PO Box 63, Wellesley Island, NY 13640-0063.

My lectures at Sotterley Plantation in St. Mary's County, Maryland, on September 23, 2015, and the DAR Library on December 5 are now blog posts below listed under book talks. The talk I gave
at the Politics and Prose Bookstore on February 28, 2015, along with Heather Butts, author African American Medicine in Washington, was taped by the bookstore. Take a listen.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Commissioner Thornton's "two or three common laborers"

Evidently none of Smallwood’s hires could be spared to clean up the White House grounds. Commissioner Thornton offered to throw himself into the breach. "I have offered to do all in my power in laying out a garden and other conveniences,” he wrote to Stoddert, “if my colleagues will only allow me two or three common laborers....." 
Quote from Slave Labor in the Capital, page 156


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