Buried Lives

Buried Lives

The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon

Book - 2018
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"When he was eleven years old, George Washington inherited ten human beings. The life of the first president of the United States has been well chronicled, but the lives of the people of color he owned--the people who sustained his plantation and were buried there in unmarked graves--have not. Using... primary source material and photographs of historcal artifacts...[the author] sheds light on the lives of several of the men and women enslaved by the Washington family: talented people like Caroline, an expert seamstress, and Peter Hardiman, a gifted horseman, who married and raised a family on the plantation. Determined people like Ona Maria Judge, sho tended to Martha Washington's needs day and night, but who still managed, one fateful day, to slip away and sail to freedom. [The author] also explains in clear terms the property laws of the day that complicated George Washington's eventual decision to free the people he owned, and the modern-day archaeological survey at Mount Vernon's Slave Cemetery that is uncovering new imformation about a burial ground that was nearly forgotten to time...[This book] blends the past with the present in a forward-looking account of a haunting piece of American history." -- Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Holiday House, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780823436972
Branch Call Number: Ju 306.362 McC


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