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Master George’s People: George Washington, His Slaves, and his Revolutionary Transformation
By Marfe Ferguson Delano with photography by Lori Epstein. ISBN-13: 978-1426307591. Copyright 2013. Hardcover with 64 pages including 50 color photographs and illustrations.
This new book from National Geographic is a fascinating portrait of cooks, overseers, valets, farm hands who were essential to life at Mount Vernon in George Washington’s time and an examination of the conscience of the “Father of Our Country”.
Master George’s People also looks at Washington’s plans and efforts to free his slaves.
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.
The people of Mount Vernon were so much more than property; they were people with compelling stories to tell.