Slavery Episodes

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163. Returning to Lives Bound Together on Juneteenth with Jessie MacLeod

June 18, 2020

This Friday marks the anniversary of Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the moment on June 19, 1865 when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned they were freed by Emancipation Proclamation and the Confederacy’s d…

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

June 4, 2020

Note: This episode originally aired on January 30, 2020. In May 1796, Ona Judge , Martha Washington’s enslaved maidservant, freed herself by walking out of the Washington’s Philadelphia home. She had learned that Martha inte…

American Revolution Slavery War Economy

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

May 28, 2020

Virginia is a landscape shaped by slavery and the enslaved communities who labored in bondage on plantations like Mount Vernon, Monticello, and the smaller farms that surrounded these large estates. But in the eighteenth cen…

Slavery Colonial America Economy

151. Going Timbering and Turtling in the Caribbean with Mary Draper

March 26, 2020

Three hundred years ago, timber and turtles were key commodities for English settlers on Barbados and Jamaica . Barbadians sailed northwest to the island of St. Lucia where they harvested timber while Jamaicans headed to the…

Mount Vernon Slavery

143. Finding Ona Judge's Voice with Sheila Arnold

Jan. 30, 2020

In May 1796, Ona Judge , Martha Washington’s enslaved maidservant, freed herself by walking out of the Washington’s Philadelphia home. She had learned that Martha intended to give her away as a wedding present to Elizabeth P…

Women Slavery Washington Library Fellows

141. Accounting for Women in the Business of Slavery with Alexi Garrett

Jan. 16, 2020

When George Washington died in December 1799, it changed Martha Washington’s legal status. Just as she did when she was widowed for the first time in 1757, Martha once again became an independent person in the eyes of the la…

Mount Vernon Slavery The Washingtons

115. The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret with Mary Thompson: Part 2

July 11, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Jim Ambuske continues his conversation with the Washington Library's Research Historian Mary V. Thompson to discuss her new book, "The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret": George Washington, Slavery, and…

Mount Vernon Slavery The Washingtons

114. The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret with Mary Thompson: Part 1

July 4, 2019

In this episode Dr Jim Ambuske sits down with the Washington Librarys Research Historian Mary V Thompson to discuss her new book The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret George Washington Slavery and the Enslaved Community at …