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Lives Bound Together is an innovative way to teach the history of enslavement and plantation life in the 18th century. Use these resources when using the virtual Lives Bound Together Exhibit in your classroom!

Inquiry Questions to Consider

Use these inquiry questions to spark analysis while teaching with Lives Bound Together.

  • How was Washington's world affected by the system of slavery?
  • In what ways did Mount Vernon rely on enslavement to function?
  • What did daily life look like for a person who was enslaved at Mount Vernon? Why might these days look different between individuals in the Mount Vernon enslaved community?
  • What forms of resistance - both big and small - might an enslaved person have taken against their enslaver? 
  • What were some key traditions, celebrations, and practices of the enslaved community?
  • How do we know about the enslaved population that lived at Mount Vernon?
  • What happened to the enslaved community at Mount Vernon after the Washingtons’ deaths? 

How to Navigate

Use this link to access information on how to navigate the virtual exhibit

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Interactive Primary Sources

Formatted for students, these primary sources help us understand the lives of the enslaved community at Mount Vernon.

Primary Sources

Lesson Plans

View the lesson plans associated with enslavementEach plan contains primary sources, student handouts, teacher background information, and much more.

View the Lesson Plans

Graphic Organizers

These graphic organizers are meant to provide opportunities to record thoughts, questions, and ideas. Click below to view graphic organizers!


Graphic Organizers

Videos on Enslavement

Click the link to watch a series of short videos about enslavement at Mount Vernon.

Videos on Enslavement

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