In November 1800, Abigail Adams arrived in the new federal city of Washington to join her husband John in the presidential quarters. The new home for the president was not finished yet, but the Adams’s were intent upon living there. Abigail was impressed with the size of the new house, but she was bothered by the many slaves working in and around the residence. She wrote to her friend Mary Cranch describing twelve slaves, dressed in rags, shoveling dirt outside her window.
The United States has come along way in 208 years. In January an African-American community will be LIVING in the White House.