Once again, Mount Vernon is excited to support student learning and National History Day! For the 2021-20222 school year, National History Day has selected the theme: Debate and Diplomacy: Success, Failures, and Consequences. From George and Martha Washington to the enslaved community, the history of Mount Vernon is full of people who used their voices and positions to participate in different forms of debate and diplomacy. Dig deeper into the lives of these determined people by exploring both primary and secondary sources from Mount Vernon below. 

The primary source objects, images, places, artifacts, documents, and biographies in our museum's collections provide a wealth of information about the public and private lives of free and enslaved individuals who lived at Mount Vernon during the 18th and 19th centuries. By analyzing sources like portraits, letters, living spaces, clothing, farm journals, clay marbles, recipes, bed frames, and so much more, you can gain a deeper understanding of a person from the past's thoughts, actions, and the world they lived in. Explore our digitized sources to help humanize historical figures, draw conclusions about the past, and make deeper connections to life today. 

Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

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