Slavery Episodes

Oct. 23, 2021

213. Sailing to Freedom with Dr. Timothy D. Walker

In May 1796, an enslaved woman named Ona Judge fled the presidential household in Philadelphia and escaped to freedom on a ship h…

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Oct. 6, 2021

212. Recruiting the Hero of Two Worlds with Mike Duncan

To kick off Season 6, we bring you the story of America’s Favorite Fighting Frenchmen. In 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette sailed f…

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July 12, 2021

205. Grieving with the Widow Washington with Dr. Martha Saxton

In the eighteenth century, death stalked early Americans like a predator hunting its prey. In Virginia, as in other colonies, dea…

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May 27, 2021

202. Digitizing the Maryland Loyalist Experience with Dr. Kyle Robert…

Maryland wasn’t so merry for some Americans during the Revolutionary War, especially if you happened to side with the king. Profe…

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March 18, 2021

197. Stumbling Upon the Journal of Johann Peter Oettinger with Craig …

Two weeks ago, we brought you the story of Johann Peter Oettinger, a seventeenth-century German-speaking barber-surgeon who in 16…

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March 4, 2021

196. Reconstructing the Life of a German Barber-Surgeon in the Atlant…

In 1693, the young German barber-surgeon Johann Peter Oettinger joined a slave trading venture for the second time. In the employ…

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Dec. 31, 2020

191. (Recast) The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret with Mary Thomps…

This is Part Two of Jim Ambuske's July 2019 chat with Washington Library Research Historian Mary V. Thompson. We’re recasting it …

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Dec. 31, 2020

190. (Recast) The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret with Mary Thomps…

Forty years ago, Mary V. Thompson began her career at Mount Vernon as a museum attendant and history interpreter. She was quickly…

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Nov. 19, 2020

185. Seeking a City of Refuge in the Great Dismal Swamp with Marcus P…

The Great Dismal Swamp is a remarkable feature of the southern coastal plain. Spanning from Norfolk, Virginia to Elizabeth City, …

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Aug. 27, 2020

173. Tracing the History of the Syphax Family with Steve Hammond and …

The Syphax Family has deep historic ties to Mount Vernon and other sites of enslavement in Virginia. In 1821, Charles Syphax, an …

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Aug. 20, 2020

172. Exploring White Women as Slave Owners in the American South with…

It’s easy to think of slave holding as a male profession. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and countless other…

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June 18, 2020

163. Returning to Lives Bound Together on Juneteenth with Jessie MacL…

This Friday marks the anniversary of Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the moment on June 19, 1865 when enslaved people i…

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June 4, 2020

161. (Repeat) Finding Ona Judge's Voice with Sheila Arnold

Note: This episode originally aired on January 30, 2020. In May 1796, Ona Judge , Martha Washington’s enslaved maidservant, freed…

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May 28, 2020

160. Recasting Tacky's Revolt as an Atlantic Slave War with Vincent B…

Virginia is a landscape shaped by slavery and the enslaved communities who labored in bondage on plantations like Mount Vernon, M…

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Jan. 30, 2020

143. Finding Ona Judge's Voice with Sheila Arnold

In May 1796, Ona Judge , Martha Washington’s enslaved maidservant, freed herself by walking out of the Washington’s Philadelphia …

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