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An imperfect god : George Washington, his slaves, and the creation of America

Author: Henry Wiencek
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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An analysis of how George Washington's life was impacted by slavery discusses his ties to the slave community, activities as a slave owner, realization of the evils of slavery, and political efforts on behalf of slaves. A major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery. When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: George Washington; George Washington; George Washington; George Washington; George Washington; George Washington
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Wiencek
ISBN: 0374175268 9780374175269 0333904877 9780333904879 0374529515 9780374529512
OCLC Number: 51942552
Awards: Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, history, 2003.
Description: 404 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Map of Washington's Virginia --
Introduction : General's dream --
Home ground --
On the borderland --
The widow Custis --
A life honorable and amusing --
A scheme in Williamsburg --
"So sacred a war as this" --
A different destiny --
"A sort of shadowy life" --
The great escape --
Mrs. Peter's patrimony --
"The justice of the creator."
Responsibility: Henry Wiencek.
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