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Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon

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Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon

An illuminating look at the complex relationships between George Washington and the enslaved people of Mount Vernon, and the history still being uncovered there.

When he was 11 years old, George Washington inherited 10 human beings. His own life has been well chronicled, but the lives of the people he owned --- the people who supported his plantation and were buried in unmarked graves there --- have not. Using fascinating primary source material and photographs of historical artifacts, Carla McClafferty sheds light on the lives of several people George Washington owned; the property laws of the day that complicated his decision to free them; and the Cemetery Survey, an archeological dig (set to conclude in 2018) that is shaping our understanding of Mount Vernon's Slave Cemetery. Poignant and thought-provoking, BURIED LIVES blends the past with the present in a forward-looking account of a haunting piece of American history.

Includes a foreword by Zsun-nee Matema, a descendant of one of the enslaved people at Mount Vernon who is highlighted in this book, backmatter outlining the author's sources and an index.

A Junior Library Guild selection!

Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon
by Carla Killough McClafferty