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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.


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  306.362 RAGSDALE    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  306.362 RAGSDALE    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - New Materials  306.362 RAG    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - New Materials  306.362 RAGSDALE    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - New Materials  303.362 RAG    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  306.362 RAGSDALE    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - New Materials  306.362 RAGSDALE    Check Shelf
Description vii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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 Agriculture -- Experimentation. (OCoLC)fst00801509
Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate) (OCoLC)fst01333596
Slavery. (OCoLC)fst01120426
Slave labor -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate)
Washington, George, 1732-1799. (OCoLC)fst00178100
Slave labor. (OCoLC)fst01120393
Virginia. (OCoLC)fst01204597
Chronological Term 1700-1799
Subject Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate) -- History -- 18th century.
Agriculture -- Virginia -- Experimentation -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Subject Slaves -- Emancipation. (OCoLC)fst01120540
Slavery -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate)
Local Subject Enslaved persons -- Emancipation -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate)
Subject Slaves -- Emancipation -- Virginia -- Mount Vernon (Estate)
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Subject Washington, George, 1732-1799.
ISBN 9780674246386 (hardcover)
0674246381 (hardcover)
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