Minnesota Historical Society

The Last White House Slaves

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The Story of Jane, President Zachary Taylor's Enslaved Concubine

The Last White House Slaves relates the never-before-told story of President Zachary Taylor's slave Jane, with whom he fathered at least one child. Relying on a massive collection of U.S. Army pay records stored in the National Archives, Walt Bachman reveals the army's role in inducing its officers to keep slaves and spread slavery throughout the country in the decades leading up to the Civil War.

With the full knowledge of their superiors in Washington, many officers manipulated a system that rewarded them for using slaves as servants, even on the "free" frontier. Among those officers was Taylor, who took his slaves to free territories, Mexican-American War outposts, and the White House.

  • Author: Walt Bachman
  • Format: Paperback, 158 pages, 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Publisher: Independently published ( 2019)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1794376380

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