“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.”
These words were spoken by Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention and with these words have come much curiosity.
Yes! This is true. The White House and a great deal of Washington D.C. were built by free men and slave labor. Slaves were used to perform many of the tasks and functions necessary, unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled. Most of these slaves were leased or rented from their owners.