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

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-07 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings

" Fascinating look at the lives of enslaved people at Mount Vernon. " said.

" Deeply and respectfully researched. " said.

" 5th/6th grade.: This book recounts the lives of several of Washington's slaves and his complex relationship with slavery. " said.

" A very dense YA Nonfiction read about the slaves to lived at Mount Vernon during George Washington's time. " said.

"Deeply moving, this book intended for older children and teens will be an education for adults as well. Carla Killough McClafferty presents the stories of William Lee, Christopher Sheels, Caroline (Branham), Peter Hardiman, Ona Marie Judge, and Hercules, six of the best known slaves owned by our first president. The author also presents detailed information about the archaeological dig uncovering the location of the graves in the previously forgotten slave cemetery at Mount Vernon. Documented in the book is the history of George Washington's changing and sometimes contradictory positions on slavery and how his slowly awakening conscience affected his income.

Buried Lives fills in the picture of George Washington to include the people who unwillingly made his place in history possible. Alexander Hamilton fans will be happy to know that Hamilton, Lafayette, and John Laurens had a strong effect on the first president and by their influence on some of George's slaves.

Good to read before a trip to Mount Vernon or before reading another study of George Washington that leaves out his slaves's contributions.
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"Wow, just wow. Written for middle school-ish so horror of enslavement is muted. George Washington thought that slavery was despicable but found himself not wanting to do it until 1. he died. Interestingly, he had no ability to free his wife's "dower slaves." But Washington's slaves and his wife's slaves could inter-marry, but all children belonged to their mothers. So families would be separated. No excuse. This story give what details there are for 6 of Washington's enslaved people.

Lord, lord, lord. I learned a lot.

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"This book tells us the story behind the people who were enslaved by George Washington--his butler, seamstress, and others.

The laws about enslaved people was complicated in the 1700s and the author does a good job bringing them to light, especially about what happened to slaves that Martha Curtis Washington owned as opposed to those owned by George Washington.

The research provides us names of enslaved people and primary sources to back up their stories. The double column spreads make the book more appealing to read.
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"This is definitely a book for older children as the author does not shy away from the contradictions and complexities of slavery during George Washington's life and the difficulties of his estate. I learned a lot as an adult. I appreciated the care the author took to tell the stories of these men and women with compassion and historical accuracy as much as possible. I really enjoyed the five biographies of Washington's slaves. They are a window on the time and circumstances as well as the lives, as much as we know, of the individuals. The illustrations are well chosen and enhance the narrative. There are times when it seemed to me that the author belabored the plight of the slaves but in reflexion I think it was warranted. This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it." said.

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