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Washington at the plow : the founding farmer and the question of slavery

Title
Washington at the plow : the founding farmer and the question of slavery / Bruce A. Ragsdale.
ISBN
9780674246386
0674246381
Publication
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2021.
Copyright Notice Date
©2021
Physical Description
vii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary
"George Washington spent most of his time farming, often employing experimental methods. Washington saw slave-powered scientific agriculture as the key to the nation's prosperity. Bruce Ragsdale argues that it was slave labor's inefficiency as much as its inhumanity that finally convinced Washington to emancipate the men and women bonded to him"-- Provided by publisher.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
October 28, 2021
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical (pages 297-343) references and index.
Contents
Introduction: The life of a husbandman
The experiments of a Virginia planter
The agricultural foundations of Independence
Mount Vernon in wartime
New farming in a new nation
Enslaved agricultural labor at Mount Vernon
Cincinnatus and the world of improvement
The farmer president
Agriculture and the path to emancipation
Epilogue: The reputation of a farmer.
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