"Brick by Brick"
by Charles R. Smith, Jr. (Author) and Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
The home of the United States president was built by many hands, including those of enslaved persons, who undertook this amazing achievement long before there were machines to do those same jobs. Stirring and emotional, Floyd Cooper’s stunning illustrations bring to life the faces of those who endured hard, brutal work when the profit of their labor was paid to the master, not the enslaved person. The fact that many were able to purchase their freedom after earning money from learning a trade speaks to the strength of those individuals. They created this iconic emblem of America, brick by brick.
Read by Vincent Jamal Hooper, who is a Standby in the North American Tour of Hamilton.
Published in 2015 by HarperCollins.
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