Book: Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT VERNON (Volume 7) by Barbara Ann Mojicacategories: Book, George Washington, Martha Washington, Mount Vernon, Virginia, U.S. History, Plantation Farming, Slavery, U.S. Presidents, Vaughan Plan, Marquis De Lafayette, The Bastille, Mount Vernon Ladies, Harry S. Truman, Children's Book
Barbara Ann Mojicaabout this book: When you hear the name George Washington, what pops into your mind? Do you envision a military officer or do you think of him as First President? You may be surprised to learn that Washington's skill as a farmer was renowned. He pioneered experiments in seed planting, plowing, crop rotation, and installed radiant heating in his greenhouse. Our first president bred livestock, operated a gristmill and distillery, and pulled fish from his wharf on the Potomac River. When he died just before 1800, the estate consisted of more than 8000 acres, and its human population was a bit less than 350 persons. Of that number more than 300 were slaves who toiled from sunrise to sunset with few days off. Washington accepted slavery and put off the question of freedom as one that could not be answered by any one individual; he felt that was the role of government to decide. Did the man who had just fought so valiantly for freedom from the injustices of Great Britain's rule not see a conflict in the words of the Declaration of Independence that "All men are created equal." as applied to the slaves who lived and worked at Mount Vernon? Perhaps he reluctantly foresaw that it would be the issue that would tear the nation apart less than 100 years later.
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