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Author Ragsdale, Bruce A., author.

Title Washington at the plow : the founding farmer and the question of slavery / Bruce A. Ragsdale.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2021.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  306.362 RAG    Available
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  306.362 RAG    Available
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Description vii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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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.
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.
Subject Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Agriculture -- Virginia -- Experimentation -- History -- 18th century.
Slave labor -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate)
Slavery -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate)
Slaves -- Emancipation -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate)
Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate) -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9780674246386 hardcover
0674246381 hardcover
Standard No. 40030743543

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