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Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation

 

 

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

 

 

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E. C. Perry Photograph Co., Paul Jennings, undated. Photograph. Estate of Sylvia Jennings Alexander.

Resource 7: Paul Jennings’s Account of the British Attack

This extract from the 1865 memoir of Paul Jennings, once enslaved by the Madisons, offers his recollection, more than fifty years later, of the British seizure of Washington City during the War of 1812. It directly challenges the version of events presented by Dolley Madison, including who actually saved the famous George Washington portrait.

Creative: Tronvig Group