“To Get Quit of Negroes”: George Washington and Slavery

@article{Morgan2005ToGQ,
  title={“To Get Quit of Negroes”: George Washington and Slavery},
  author={Philip D. Morgan},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  year={2005},
  volume={39},
  pages={403 - 429}
}
George Washington died much as he lived, stoic, dignified, controlled to the very end. True to form, his last moments, much like his life, saw him surrounded by slaves. At daybreak on the day he died – Saturday, 14 December 1799 – Caroline, a housemaid, bustled into his room to make a fire. Three other slaves fetched the physicians, who ministered to the dying General. Washington's body servant, twenty-four-year-old Christopher, otherwise known as Christopher Sheels, attended his master… 
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