The House Servant's Directory: An African American Butler's 1827 Guide
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Robert Roberts., & Robert Roberts|AUTHOR. (2012). The House Servant's Directory: An African American Butler's 1827 Guide . Dover Publications.

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Robert Roberts and Robert Roberts|AUTHOR. 2012. The House Servant's Directory: An African American Butler's 1827 Guide. Dover Publications.

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Robert Roberts and Robert Roberts|AUTHOR. The House Servant's Directory: An African American Butler's 1827 Guide Dover Publications, 2012.

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Robert Roberts, and Robert Roberts|AUTHOR. The House Servant's Directory: An African American Butler's 1827 Guide Dover Publications, 2012.

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