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The Resource George Washington and slavery : a documentary portrayal, Fritz Hirschfeld

George Washington and slavery : a documentary portrayal, Fritz Hirschfeld

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George Washington and slavery : a documentary portrayal
Title
George Washington and slavery
Title remainder
a documentary portrayal
Statement of responsibility
Fritz Hirschfeld
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Language
eng
Summary
"No history of racism in America can be considered complete without taking into account the role that George Washington{u2014}the principal founding father{u2014}played in helping to mold the racist cast of the new nation. Because General Washington{u2014}the universally acknowledged hero of the Revolutionary War{u2014}in the postwar period uniquely combined the moral authority, personal prestige, and political power to influence significantly the course and the outcome of the slavery debate, his opinions on the subject of slaves and slavery are of crucial importance to understanding how racism succeeded in becoming an integral and official part of the national fabric during its formative stages. The successful end of the War for Independence in 1783 brought George Washington face-to-face with a fundamental dilemma: how to reconcile the proclaimed ideals of the revolution with the established institution of slavery. So long as black human beings in America could legally be considered the chattel property of whites, the rhetoric of equality and individual freedom was hollow. Progressive voices urged immediate emancipation as the only way to resolve the contradiction; the Southern slaveowners, of course, stood firm for the status quo. Washington was caught squarely in the middle. As a Virginia plantation proprietor and a lifelong slaveholder, Washington had a substantial private stake in the economic slave system of the South. However, in his role as the acknowledged political leader of the country, his overriding concern was the preservation of the Union. If Washington publicly supported emancipation, he would almost certainly have to set an example and take steps to dispose of his Mount Vernon slaves. If he spoke out on the side of slavery, how could he legitimately and conscientiously expect to uphold and defend the humanistic goals and moral imperatives of the new nation as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? His was a balancing act that became more and more difficult to sustain with the passing years. Relying primarily on Washington's own words{u2014}his correspondence, diaries, and other written records{u2014}supplemented by letters, comments, and eyewitness reports of family members, friends, employees, aides, correspondents, colleagues, and visitors to Mount Vernon, together with contemporary newspaper clippings and official documents pertaining to Washington's relationships with African Americans, Fritz Hirschfeld traces Washington's transition from a conventional slaveholder to a lukewarm abolitionist. George Washington and Slavery will be an essential addition to the historiography of eighteenth-century America and of Washington himself."--Publishers website
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
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1924-
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Hirschfeld, Fritz
Dewey number
973.4/1/092
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E312.17
LC item number
.H648 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Washington, George
  • Slavery
  • Washington, George
  • Slavernij
  • Meningen
  • Sklaverei
  • Quelle
  • USA
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George Washington and slavery : a documentary portrayal, Fritz Hirschfeld
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-248) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
36954583
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 256 pages
Isbn
9780826211354
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97020590
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)36954583
Label
George Washington and slavery : a documentary portrayal, Fritz Hirschfeld
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-248) 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
Control code
36954583
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 256 pages
Isbn
9780826211354
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97020590
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)36954583

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