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Description - The Butler by Wil Haygood

When acclaimed Washington Postwriter Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so widespread, so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served no fewer than eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. During his thirty-four years of service, Allen became what the Independent described as a "discreet stagehand who for three decades helped keep the show running in the most important political theatre of all." While serving tea and supervising buffets, Allen was also a witness to history as decisions about America's most momentous events were being made. Here he is at the White House while Kennedy contemplates a moon landing; here he is again when Kennedy's widow returns from that fateful day in Dallas. Here he is when Johnson and his cabinet debate Vietnam and here he is again when Ronald Reagan finally got tough on apartheid. Perhaps hitting closest to home was the Civil Rights legislation that was developed, often with passions flaring, right in front of his eyes even as his own community of neighbours, friends and family were contending with Jim Crow America. Also included in the book is an essay in the vein of James Baldwin's jewel, The Devil Finds Work,that explores the history of black people in Hollywood as well as over 45 pictures of the butler, Eugene Allen, and his family, the Presidents he served, and the remarkable cast.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781476752990
ISBN-10: 1476752990
Format: Hardback
(191mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 112
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 30-Jul-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Wil Haygood

Wil Haygood been described as a cultural historian and is the author of a trio of iconic biographies. Haygood has been awarded a 2013-14 National Endowment for the Humanties Fellowship.

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