The butler: a witness to history

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The Story That Inspired the Major Motion Picture...Read by its Stars David Oyelowo, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey When acclaimed Washington Post writer 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 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 eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history as decisions about America's most momentous events were being made. With a foreword by the Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels, The Butler also includes Wil Haygood's essay exploring the history of black images on celluloid and in Hollywood, read here by David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey.
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subject_facet African American household employees -- Biography
African Americans -- Biography
African Americans -- Segregation -- History -- 20th century
African Americans in motion pictures
Allen, Eugene
Allen, Eugene, -- 1919-2010
Audiobooks
Butlers -- United States -- Biography
Obama, Barack
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 2008
Presidents -- United States -- Staff -- Biography
Race relations in motion pictures
United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects
title_display The butler : a witness to history
title_full The butler : a witness to history / Wil Haygood
The butler : a witness to history [electronic resource] Haygood, Wil.
The butler : a witness to history [sound recording] / Wil Haygood
title_short The butler :
title_sub a witness to history
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African Americans
African Americans in motion pictures
Allen, Eugene
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Butlers
Election
History
Obama, Barack
Political aspects
Presidents
Race relations
Race relations in motion pictures
Segregation
Staff