George Washington and the Problem of Slavery

@article{Morgan2000GeorgeWA,
  title={George Washington and the Problem of Slavery},
  author={Kenneth Morgan},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  year={2000},
  volume={34},
  pages={279 - 301}
}
  • K. Morgan
  • Published 1 August 2000
  • History
  • Journal of American Studies
Slavery was not the most important issue for which George Washington is remembered; nor were his views on the institution as revealing as those of some of his fellow Founding Fathers. But Washington was a slaveowner for all of his adult life and he lived in Virginia, which was dominated by tobacco plantations based on slave labour. Slavery was central to the socio-economic life of the Old Dominion: after 1750 40 per cent of the North American slave population lived there and the first United… 
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