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Intertwined: The Enslaved Community at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
44 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
Episode 3: Revolutions
Episode 3: “Revolutions” William Lee was George Washington’s trusted enslaved valet. For over two decades, he attended Washington from early morning until nightfall. In times of peace and war, Lee rode with Washington through Mount Vernon’s fields, out to his western lands, and into battle against the British. In this episode, we follow Lee’s journey to investigate revolutions in Mount Vernon’s agricultural life, American politics, and Washington’s views on slavery. Featuring: Dr. Bruce Ragsdale, former Director of the Federal Judicial History Office Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Dr. Cassandra Good, Assistant Professor of History, Marymount University Dr. Lynn Price Robbins, historian of George and Martha Washington and Early America Ramin Ganeshram, Executive Director, Westport Museum for History and Culture Full transcripts, show notes, and bibliographies available at www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com.
36 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
Episode 2: Laboring
Episode 2: “Laboring” As an overseer, Davy Gray was entrusted by George Washington with the management of the enslaved laborers on Dogue Run Farm. His weekly reports to Washington revealed progress toward Washington’s goal of transforming Mount Vernon into a model of British agriculture. But Gray was also enslaved, just like the men, women, and children he oversaw. In this episode, we explore Gray’s complicated story to learn about the daily labor of Mount Vernon’s enslaved community and Washington’s relentless quest to make his plantation into a self-sustaining enterprise. Featuring: Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Thomas Reinhart, Director of Preservation, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz, Director of Collections and Visitor Engagement, Stratford Hall Plantation, and Director of Education and Historic Interpretation, Virginia’s Executive Mansion Dr. Lorena Walsh, Research Historian Emerita, Colonial Williamsburg Dr. Bruce Ragsdale, Independent Scholar and former Director of the Federal Judicial History Office Full transcripts, show notes, and bibliographies available at www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com.
41 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
Episode 1: Passages
Episode 1: “Passages” Sambo Anderson was just a boy when he was captured in West Africa, survived the Middle Passage, and purchased by an ambitious George Washington sometime in the late 1760s. During his years of enslavement at Mount Vernon, Anderson became a carpenter, a husband, and a father. In this episode, we tell the story of Anderson’s life to explore the rise of slavery in the Chesapeake Bay region, George and Martha Washington’s connections to the transatlantic slave trade, and the laws that marked the boundaries between slavery and freedom in Virginia. Featuring: Dr. Brenda Stevenson, Hillary Rodham Clinton Endowed Chair in Women’s History, St. John’s College, Oxford University Dr. Lorena Walsh, Research Historian Emerita, Colonial Williamsburg Dr. John C. Coombs, Professor of History, Hampden-Sydney College Dr. Lynn Price Robbins, historian of George and Martha Washington and Early America Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Full transcripts, show notes, and bibliographies available at www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com.
1 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
Introducing Intertwined: The Enslaved Community at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Intertwined tells the story of the more than 577 people enslaved by George and Martha Washington at Mount Vernon. Told through the biographies of Sambo Anderson, Davy Gray, William Lee, Kate, Ona Judge, Nancy Carter Quander, Edmund Parker, Caroline Branham, and the Washingtons, this eight-part podcast series explores the lives and labors of Mount Vernon’s enslaved community, and how we interpret slavery at the historic site today. Intertwined is narrated by Brenda Parker and is a production of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and CD Squared. Find Intertwined on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Learn more, subscribe to the show, and find full transcripts, show notes, and bibliographies available at www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com.
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