Article Title

Brick by Brick


Bailey Drayer


Outstanding, Primary, Charles R. Smith Jr., Floyd Cooper, Historical Nonfiction, Black History, Civil Rights, White House, Freedom

Document Type

Book Review


The foundation is being laid for the heart of a new country. Nameless, faceless hands labor to construct the white house: home to the president of the land of the free. The colored hands of men, women, and children labor alongside white men in mixing, sawing, and lifting each brick. As the symbol of freedom is built with the blood and sweat of these hands, their earned wages are pocketed by the slave owners who call them property.