Guest of Honor

Guest of Honor

Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked A Nation

Book - 2012 | First Atria Books hardcover edition
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Documents the 1901 White House dinner shared by former slave Booker T. Washington and President Theodore Roosevelt, documenting the ensuing scandal and the ways in which the event reflected post-Civil War politics and race relations.

& Taylor

Traces the story of the 1901 White House dinner shared by the slave-turned-African-American-political-leader and the 26th President, documenting the ensuing scandal and the ways in which the event reflected period politics and race relations.

Simon and Schuster
In this revealing social history, one remarkable White House dinner becomes a lens through which to examine race, politics, and the lives and legacies of two of America’s most iconic figures.

In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to have dinner at the executive mansion with the First Family. The next morning, news that the president had dined with a black man—and former slave—sent shock waves through the nation. Although African Americans had helped build the White House and had worked for most of the presidents, not a single one had ever been invited to dine there. Fueled by inflammatory newspaper articles, political cartoons, and even vulgar songs, the scandal escalated and threatened to topple two of America’s greatest men.

In this smart, accessible narrative, one seemingly ordinary dinner becomes a window onto post–Civil War American history and politics, and onto the lives of two dynamic men whose experiences and philosophies connect in unexpected ways. Deborah Davis also introduces dozens of other fascinating figures who have previously occupied the margins and footnotes of history, creating a lively and vastly entertaining book that reconfirms her place as one of our most talented popular historians.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, [2012]
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781439169810
Branch Call Number: 973.91 Davis 2012
Characteristics: x, 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Aug 04, 2012

Fascinating look at a now-forgotten 1901 incident when Booker T Washington became the first African-American to dine as a guest at the White House.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at KHCPL

To Top