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George Washington
George Washington Purchases Slaves, the Very Slaves He Freed Upon His Death A receipt for the purchase in his own hand paying for them, kept by Washington and sold by his heirs in the early 20th century A receipt for the purchase in his own hand paying for them, kept by Washington and sold by his heirs in the early 20th century
23/03/1774. <blockquote><p>This represents his final such purchase before the convening of the First Continental Congress, to which he was a delegate, in September 1774.</p><p> </p><p>The only document of his relating to buying slaves we have found to ever reach the market, and perhaps the only one in private hands</p></blockquote><p>It is the paradox of George Washington and slavery that the man who successfully fought a war in the name of liberty owned slaves his entire adult life. He became uneasy with an institution that was ingrained in the economic and social fabric of his native Virginia, and ultimately provided for the emancipation of his slaves in his will.</p><p>Washington inherited his first ten slaves at the age of eleven on the death of his father in 1743. In adulthood his personal slaveholding increased through inheritance, purchase and natural increase, and he gained control of dower slaves belonging to the Custis estate on his marriage in 1759 to Martha Dandridge Custis. Though under his control, these slaves were not his own property, but were to be inherited by Martha Washington's grandchildren after her death. So numerous were the Dandridge slaves that at the time of Washington's death, they constituted a majority of slaves at Mount Vernon. Washington's early attitudes to slavery reflected the prevailing Virginia planter views of the day, and so he demonstrated no moral qualms about the institution. He became skeptical about the economic efficacy of slavery before the American Revolution, and expressed support in private for abolition by a gradual legisl … [Click Below for Full Description]
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