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Source: Weekend America (NPR)
Date: September 16, 2006
Byline: Barbara Bogaev

The Old White House

Back in the 1790's, Philadelphia was the nation's capital, while Washington D.C. was being reclaimed from the swamp. This is a common factoid for history books, but it's often downplayed that when Washington was elected president, he brought slaves with him. Philadelphia and the National Parks Service are now planning a "President's House" site, which will draw attention to slavery in the early days of the United States. Barbara talks with Ed Lawler and Michael Coard, the historian and activist behind the project.

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