Part I. From the Foundation Up
The first chapter of Our White House, “Part I. From the Foundation Up,” includes poetry, stories, articles, and illustrations that shed light not only on the planning and construction of the White House, but also its first residents. In Part I you can read an imagined conversation between John and Abigail Adams, discover the role slavery played in building the White House, and learn more about Thomas Jefferson’s interest in paleontology and how that interest helped launch the Lewis and Clark expedition.
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To print the Education Resource Guide that includes activities and discussion questions regarding the content included in Part I of Our White House, click here.
The table of contents for Part I of Our White House is listed below. To the right of each article or illustration title, in the “Read More” column, are links to relevant, supplemental content on this website to help you expand the educational potential of the book’s contents.