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- DescriptionAs the first President of the United States of America and the Commander in Chief who led a rebel army to victory in the Revolutionary War, George Washington was a legendary leader of men. He had high expectations of his soldiers, employees, and associates. At his Virginia plantation, Mount Vern, his expectations of his workers were different: I expect such labor as they ought to render, he wrote. Except there was a big difference. The workers who kept Mount Vern operating were enslaved. And although Washington called them my people, by law they were his property. The Founders birthed a document celebrating Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness as unalienable rights at the same time people were being bought and sold. But the people of Mount Vern were so much more, and they each have compelling stories to tell. In the pages of Master George s People, Marfe Ferguson Dela gives us fascinating portraits of cooks, overseers, valets, farm hands, and more essential people nearly lost in the shadows of the past interwoven with an extraordinary examination of the conscience of the Father of Our Country.
- Author BiographyMarfe Ferguson Delano lives within biking distance of George Washington s Mount Vernon and has long been curious about her famous historic neighbor. Her curiosity led to a four-year research project and the discovery of a whole host of less-famous historic neighbors the enslaved people who lived with George and Martha on their plantation farm and now so richly populate the beautifully written pages of Master George s People. Her previous books for National Geographic include Helen s Eyes: A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller s Teacher and Earth in the Hot Seat: Bulletins from a Warming World. Visit her web site at www.marfebooks.com.
- Author(s)Marfe Ferguson Delano
- PublisherNational Geographic Society
- SubjectChildren's General Non-Fiction
- Place of PublicationHanover, PA
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNational Geographic Society
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight431 g
- Width239 mm
- Height277 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Photographer(s)Lori Epstein
- Format DetailsLibrary binding,Cloth over boards
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