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Already subjugated to men in a patriarchal society that denied married women the right to control their own earning or property, feme sole businesswomen relied upon the labor of their communities' most subjugated people to enrich themselves. Garrett's work at Mount Vernon analyzes Martha Washington as a landowner, slave-owner, and investor, seeking to understand how Washington's commercial and enslavement activities compared to that of similar women in the early Republic. Garrett received her B.A. from St. Olaf College and her M.A. from the University of Virginia.