George Washington on Slavery
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This paper is an attempt to deal with the complex character of George Washington, a slave-owner who eventually took the brave step of manumitting his 317 slaves, but throughout his life was a businessman was determined to get as much value from his chattles as he could. The paper shows how the result is a complex character who can be praised as the father of his country, and can be vilified as the oppressive master who lorded over his slaves.
From the Paper:"George Washington stands as an icon in American history. One measure of his status is shown in the inclination of each successive generation to present him the standard bearers for one new cause or another to the exclusion of everything else. Modern scholarship has revealed certain flaws and these have forced a re-evaluation of Washington's standing. One very controversial issue is his view of race, with controversy reaching both his views, and questions of how we should respond. George Washington's character was regarded as sterling during his lifetime and later.More recent scholars have also praised his character."
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