Master George's People

Master George's People

George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation

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As the first President of the United States of America and the Commander in Chief who led a rebel army to victory in the Revolutionary War, George Washington was a legendary leader of men. He had high expectations of his soldiers, employees, and associates. At his Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon, his expectations of his workers were no different: "I expect such labor as they ought to render," he wrote.

Except there was a big difference. The workers who kept Mount Vernon operating were enslaved. And although Washington called them "my people," by law they were his property. The Founders birthed a document celebrating "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" as unalienable rights at the same time people were being bought and sold. But the people of Mount Vernon were so much more, and they each have compelling stories to tell.

In the pages of  Master George's People,  Marf#65533; Ferguson Delano gives us fascinating portraits of cooks, overseers, valets, farm hands, and more--essential people nearly lost in the shadows of the past--interwoven with an extraordinary examination of the conscience of the Father of Our Country.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2013]
ISBN: 9781426307607
1426307608
9781426307591
1426307594
Branch Call Number: 973.41 DEL J
Characteristics: 61 p. : ill., map ; 29 cm

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BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
An account of George Washington’s slow change from slave owner to early abolitionist sympathizer. Photos of modern reenactors bring to life another side of America’s first president.

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