He finds that Washington Wieneck's book is a pleasing combination of close reading of historical archives and court records along with the author's first-person intrusions into the narrative, as when he goes to Mount Vernon to reenact for himself the type of labor the slaves would have done according to Washington's strict time management requirements, and to Colonial Williamsburg where actors portraying slaves and free blacks hold conversations among the tourists, to sometimes poignant effect. He finds that Washington was not explicitly a racist 1 unlike Jeffersonand that from the Revolution on, he underwent a slow transformation from a man who accepted slavery's necessity and inevitabilty to one who found it repugnant.
Martha Washington also spent extensive periods of time there with her husband. Lee's wife was Margaret Thomas Lee, a free African American from Philadelphia who had worked as a servant in Washington's headquarters during the war.
Although slave marriages were not recognized by Virginia law, inat the couple's request, Washington tried to arrange having Margaret move to Mount Vernon to live with her husband. Whether or not she ever came to Mount Vernon is unknown.
Yet, Washington's own records tell a different tale from what America's teachers have been indoctrinated to teach; and, refuse to read or dismiss with ridicule any suggestions to the contrary. Margaret Thomas was employed as a washer woman at the Valley Forge Military encampment of the Continental Army during the winter of It can be safely assumed that she would have met and known William Lee during that period.
It is not known whether or not she followed Washington's headquarters as it moved into Washington's spring offensive campaigns after Valley Forge. Whatever the case may be George Washington viewed her relationship with William Lee to be that of man and wife; likely not knowing she was already married.
Census data from year indicates that she was living as a White woman in Adams County Pennsylvania in the household of her son born about Jun 05, · An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America, Henry Wiencek, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Slavery at the Home of George Washington, ed.
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