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An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America

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A major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery

When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free; earlier he had said that holding slaves was his “only unavoidable subject of regret.” In this groundbreaking work, Henry Wiencek explores the founding fathers engagement with slavery at every stage of his life—as a Virginia planter, soldier, politician, president, and statesman.

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, Washingtons attitudes began to change.

Wienceks 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 Washingtons 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 that a slave named West Ford was the son of George and a woman named Venus; Wiencek has new evidence that this might indeed be true.

George Washingtons heroic stature as Father of Our Country is not diminished in this superb, nuanced portrait: now we see Washington in full as a man of his time and ahead of his time.

Review:

"The book's real achievement is to depict in grisly anecdotal detail the moral abomination that was plantation life while simultaneously imagining how such an admirable figure as Washington could have been for so long a cheerfully prosperous participant before his graduation to abolitionism...Highly recommended." Library Journal

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"A capable, decidedly revisionist work of history." Kirkus Reviews

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"This important work, sure to be of compelling interest to anyone concerned with the nation's origins, its founders and history of race slavery, is the first extended history of its subject..." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Synopsis:

A major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery

When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free; earlier he had said that holding slaves was his “only unavoidable subject of regret.” In this groundbreaking work, Henry Wiencek explores the founding fathers engagement with slavery at every stage of his life—as a Virginia planter, soldier, politician, president, and statesman.

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, Washingtons attitudes began to change.

Wienceks 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 Washingtons 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 that a slave named West Ford was the son of George and a woman named Venus; Wiencek has new evidence that this might indeed be true.

George Washingtons heroic stature as Father of Our Country is not diminished in this superb, nuanced portrait: now we see Washington in full as a man of his time and ahead of his time.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 363-390) and index.

About the Author

Henry Wiencek, a nationally prominent historian and writer, is the author of several books, including, most recently, The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1999

Table of 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 — Mrs. Peter's patrimony — The justice of the creator.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374175269
Subtitle:
George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America
Author:
Wiencek, Henry
Author:
Adamson, Rick
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
United States - 18th Century
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
Heads of state
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
[v. 4]
Publication Date:
20031101
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 CDs, 7.5 hours
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.5 x 1.3 in

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Product details 416 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374175269 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The book's real achievement is to depict in grisly anecdotal detail the moral abomination that was plantation life while simultaneously imagining how such an admirable figure as Washington could have been for so long a cheerfully prosperous participant before his graduation to abolitionism...Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "A capable, decidedly revisionist work of history."
"Review" by , "This important work, sure to be of compelling interest to anyone concerned with the nation's origins, its founders and history of race slavery, is the first extended history of its subject..."
"Synopsis" by ,
A major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery

When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free; earlier he had said that holding slaves was his “only unavoidable subject of regret.” In this groundbreaking work, Henry Wiencek explores the founding fathers engagement with slavery at every stage of his life—as a Virginia planter, soldier, politician, president, and statesman.

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, Washingtons attitudes began to change.

Wienceks 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 Washingtons 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 that a slave named West Ford was the son of George and a woman named Venus; Wiencek has new evidence that this might indeed be true.

George Washingtons heroic stature as Father of Our Country is not diminished in this superb, nuanced portrait: now we see Washington in full as a man of his time and ahead of his time.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 363-390) and index.
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