Lesson Purpose

A lesson that uses George Washington’s list of enslaved people from 1799 to reveal him as a meticulous businessman and slave owner. Students will explore information related to the institution of slavery in the 18th century.


Lesson Objectives:

  • Students will practice historical thinking skills and primary source analysis to gain a deeper understanding of slave life at Mount Vernon.
  • Students will gain knowledge about individuals enslaved at Mount Vernon in the 18th century.

Related Standards:

  • Reading and Writing Literacy in History/Social Studies
  • Primary Source Analysis
  • Evaluating Data
  • Developing Research Skills
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Colonization and Settlement

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