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Fair & Balanced on Slavery & First Pres,
This review is from: An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America (Hardcover)
Not being acquainted much at all outside of popular lore about GW from schooldays, found this read just truly outstanding and revelatory.
The ties between tobacco, Southern antebellum, slavery and founding of country of freedom all wove together in this author's demonstrated ability to weave and bob between biography and oral history and personal investigation.
The stress of idealism vs. reality and its consequences are all laid out for the reader.
One can only wince at the inhumaneness poured upon this labor force by the planters who then dominated its politics, and only around 7% of the population?
This is just an amazing book which opens this facet of our founding to us to contemplate and hopefully begin to truly make this imported group of laborers the due place they deserve in our country. One will learn many insights into this man, his times, and the issues the earliest Americans faced. All written well in a form that flows and keeps ones interest peaked.