The Resource An imperfect god : George Washington, his slaves, and the creation of America, Henry Wiencek

An imperfect god : George Washington, his slaves, and the creation of America, Henry Wiencek

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An imperfect god : George Washington, his slaves, and the creation of America
Title
An imperfect god
Title remainder
George Washington, his slaves, and the creation of America
Statement of responsibility
Henry Wiencek
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Washington was born and raised among blacks and mixed-race people; he and his wife had blood ties to the slave community. Yet as a young man he bought and sold slaves without scruple, even raffled off children to collect debts (an incident ignored by earlier biographers). Then, on the Revolutionary battlefields where he commanded both black and white troops, Washington's attitudes began to change. He and the other framers enshrined slavery in the Constitution, but, Wiencek shows, even before he became president Washington had begun to see the system's evil, and he understood that the problem of this "peculiar institution" would be central to the American experience." "Wiencek's revelatory narrative, based on a meticulous examination of private papers, court records, and the voluminous Washington archives, documents for the first time the moral transformation culminating in Washington's determination to emancipate his slaves. He acted too late to keep the new republic from perpetuating slavery, but his repentance was genuine. And it was perhaps related to the possibility - as the oral history of Mount Vernon's slave descendants has long asserted - that a slave named West Ford was the son of George and a woman named Venus; Wiencek has new evidence that this could indeed have been true."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 973.41092
  • 973.4/1/092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
LC call number
E312.17.
LC item number
W6 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
An imperfect god : George Washington, his slaves, and the creation of America, Henry Wiencek
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An imperfect god : George Washington, his slaves, and the creation of America, Henry Wiencek
Publication
Note
Davey Bequest
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 364-390) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : General's dream -- Home ground -- On the borderland -- The widow Custis -- A life honorable and amusing -- A scheme in Williamsburg -- So sacred a war as this -- A different destiny -- "A sort of shadowy life" -- The great escape
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Dimensions
24 cm.
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Edition
First edition
Extent
404 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780333904879
Lccn
2003006984
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) HAS139813
  • (NLNZils)954477
  • (BNAtoc) 2003006984
  • 7609290
  • (DLC) 2003006984
  • (HAP)OLD374422
  • 374422

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