George Washington and Slavery
At the time of George Washington’s death, the Mount Vernon estate’s enslaved population consisted of 317 people. Washington’s thoughts on slavery were contradictory and changed over time.
Pulitzer-prize winning author Nathaniel Philbrick discusses his new book, Valiant Ambition, with Dr. Douglas Bradburn of the Washington Library at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Valiant Ambition looks at the complicated lives of Benedict Arnold and George Washington during the American Revolution.
The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is proud to present this educational series delivered by the Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in American History, a position established to honor the Association's 18th Regent through the generosity of Lewis E. Lehrman, co-founder of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.