Made at the Library: Bruce Ragsdale's Washington at the Plow

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February 22, 2022
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Historic Preservation, Rural History / Studies, Slavery

Made at the Library: Bruce Ragsdale, Washington at the Plow
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
12-1pm EST
Virtual via Zoom
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The Library of Congress Manuscript Division invites you to a conversation between Kluge Center Staff Fellow and Library of Congress historian Julie Miller and historian Bruce Ragsdale, whose recent book Washington at the Plow: The Founding Farmer and the Question of Slavery (Harvard University Press 2021) explores the relationship between Washington’s passionate interest in farming, his commitment to the “New Agriculture” of the eighteenth century and how these shaped the lives of the hundreds of people held in bondage at Mount Vernon. 

Ragsdale’s book draws on George Washington’s Papers, which are held by the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress and available digitally at The event is part of our virtual series, Made at the Library, which highlights works inspired by and emerging from engagement with Library collections featuring authors, artists, and other creators in conversation with Library experts.

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