Essential Question: How do you explain George Washington’s belief in equality and freedom considering the fact that he owned slaves?
Objective: Students will analyze historical evidence through primary sources to understand George Washington in relationship to the issue of slavery. Primary documents included:
Last Will and Testament of George Washington
Excerpts of letters to George Washington from Marquis de
Lafayette and Robert Morris
Runaway slave ad from The Philadelphia Gazette
Census of Slaves at Mount Vernon
Graphic organizers are included wherein students can record a summary of each primary document, as well as their reaction.
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