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Master George's people : George Washington, his slaves, and his revolutionary transformation

by Delano, Marfe Ferguson.

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 7 of 8 copies
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Juvenile Nonfiction j 973.4 DELANO
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Non-Fiction Collection qj E312.17.D38 2013
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection qj E312.17.D38 2013
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection qj E312.17.D38 2013
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Non-Fiction Collection qj E312.17.D38 2013
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Juv Nonfiction J 973.4 DEL
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Oversize j q 973.4 DEL
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction CHECKED OUT
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Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* This colorfully illustrated, large-format book looks at George Washington's views on slavery as they evolved throughout his life. Washington was only 11 years old when he inherited Ferry Farm and its 10 slaves. As an adult, he bought many more. However, during the eight years of the Revolutionary War, Washington became increasingly troubled by the institution of slavery and his part in it. In his will, he made provision for his own slaves to be freed. This detailed discussion includes accounts of Mount Vernon's slaves and runaways, profiles of a few individual slaves, and explanations of the social, economic, political, and personal factors that made it difficult for Washington to end the practice during his lifetime. The book's many color illustrations include fine reproductions of period paintings, prints, and drawings, as well as many photos in which historical interpreters at Mount Vernon represent Washington's slaves. Though the photos may be appealing and possibly helpful in showing period costumes and settings, it's doubtful that idealized scenes staged using twenty-first-century interpreters can adequately represent the experiences of eighteenth-century slaves. In addition, the book's endnote is confusing. Still, well-researched and clearly presented information on the topic makes this a valuable addition to American history collections for young people.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Washington, George, -- 1732-1799 -- Relations with slaves -- Juvenile literature.
Washington, George, -- 1732-1799 -- Relations with slaves.
Slaves -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate) -- Juvenile literature.
Slavery -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate) -- Juvenile literature.
Slaves -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate)
Slavery -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate)
Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate) -- Race relations -- Juvenile literature.
Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate) -- Race relations.
Publisher Washington, D.C. :2013
Contributors George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens.
Language English
Description 61 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 58-59) and index.
ISBN 9781426307591 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1426307594 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781426307607 (library binding : alk. paper)
1426307608 (library binding : alk. paper)
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