George Washington’s passionate interest in farming was central to his identity and his commitment to the “New Agriculture” of the eighteenth century shaped the lives of the hundreds of people held in bondage at Mount Vernon.
Join us for a conversation between Kluge Staff Fellow and historian Julie Miller and historian Bruce Ragsdale, whose recent book Washington at the Plow: The founding Farmer and the Question of Slavery (Harvard University Press 2021) explores the relationship between farming and enslaved peoples drawing on the George Washington Papers held by the Manuscript Division.
Made at the Library is an event series highlighting works inspired by and emerging from research at the Library of Congress. Featuring authors, artists, and other creators in conversation with Library experts, this series takes a deep dive into the process of working with Library’s collections.
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