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Buried lives : the enslaved people of George Washington's Mount Vernon

Author: Carla Killough McClafferty
Publisher: New York : Holiday House, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"When he was eleven years old, George Washington inherited ten human beings. The life of the first president has been well chronicled, but the lives of the people of color he owned--the people who sustained his plantation and were buried in unmarked graves there--have not. Using fascinating primary source material and photographs of historical artifacts, author Carla Killough McClafferty sheds light on the lives of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Juvenile works
Nonfiction
Juvenile literature
Biography
Named Person: George Washington; George Washington; George Washington; George Washington; George Washington
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carla Killough McClafferty
ISBN: 9780823436972 0823436977
OCLC Number: 978250509
Awards: A Junior Library Guild selection (JLG)
Target Audience: Age 8-12.; Grade 4 to 6.
Description: x, 158 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: William Lee --
Christopher Sheels --
Carolina (Branham) & Peter Hardiman --
Ona Maria Judge --
Hercules --
The end of an era --
And then what happened? --
Buried lives --
Washington's own words about slavery.
Responsibility: by Carla Killough McClafferty.

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"When he was eleven years old, George Washington inherited ten human beings. The life of the first president has been well chronicled, but the lives of the people of color he owned--the people who sustained his plantation and were buried in unmarked graves there--have not. Using fascinating primary source material and photographs of historical artifacts, author Carla Killough McClafferty sheds light on the lives of several of the men and women enslaved by the Washington family: talented people like Caroline, an expert seamstress, and Peter Hardiman, a gifted horseman, who married and raised a family on the plantation. Determined people like Ona Maria Judge, who tended to Martha Washington's needs day and night, but who still managed, one fateful day, to slip away and sail to freedom. McClafferty also explains in clear terms the property laws of the day that complicated George Washington's eventual decision to free the people he owned, and the modern-day archaeological survey at Mount Vernon's Slave Cemetery that is uncovering new information about a burial ground that was nearly forgotten to time."--Page [2] of cover.

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"Buried Lives" beautifully uncovers a treasure of information!

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This is an outstanding book about Washington and his slaves. Well-written and richly illustrated, it both describes the lives of Mt. Vernon’s slaves in general and provides a focus on six slaves who came into close contact with the Washingtons: William...
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