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Master George's People

George Washington, His Slaves, And His Revolutionary Transformation

By Marfe Ferguson Delano

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, Marfé 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.

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781426307591


Format: Book
Author: Delano, Marfe Ferguson
Summary: Presents an analysis of the president's lesser-known roles as a slave owner, sharing the experiences of the slave cooks, overseers, house workers, and farm hands at Mount Vernon while exploring how slave ownership shaped Washington's views.
Title: Master George's people : George Washington, his slaves, and his revolutionary transformation / by Marfé Ferguson Delano with Mount Vernon ; photography by Lori Epstein.
Publisher Date: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2013], ©2013.
Subject: Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Relations with slaves. -- Juvenile literature. Slaves -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate) -- Juvenile literature. Slavery -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate) -- Juvenile literature. Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate) -- Race relations -- Juvenile literature.
Isbn: 9781426307591 1426307594
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Format: Book
Author: Delano, Marfe Ferguson
Summary: Presents an analysis of the president's lesser-known roles as a slave owner, sharing the experiences of the slave cooks, overseers, house workers, and farm hands at Mount Vernon while exploring how slave ownership shaped Washington's views.
Title: Master George's people : George Washington, his slaves, and his revolutionary transformation / by Marfé Ferguson Delano with Mount Vernon ; photography by Lori Epstein.
Publisher, Date: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2013], ©2013.
Description: 61 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 29 cm
Subjects: Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Relations with slaves. -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Slaves -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate) -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Slavery -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate) -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate) -- Race relations -- Juvenile literature.
Other Author: Epstein, Lori, illustrator.
Other Author: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (page 58) and index.
Contents: A short-lived childhood: sidebar, Frank Lee -- Building a plantation: sidebar, Davy -- Private lives: sidebar, Hercules -- Resistance and control: sidebar, Charlotte -- A change of heart: sidebar, William Lee -- Liberty at last: sidebar, Christopher Sheels -- Epilogue.
LCCN: 2012024295
ISBN: 9781426307591
ISBN: 1426307594
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Available Copies: 10
Total Copies: 11
Call Number: 973.41 Del