• Summary

  • Intertwined tells the story of the more than 577 people enslaved by George and Martha Washington at Mount Vernon. Told through the biographies of Sambo Anderson, Davy Gray, William Lee, Kate, Ona Judge, Nancy Carter Quander, Edmund Parker, Caroline Branham, and the Washingtons, this eight-part podcast series explores the lives and labors of Mount Vernon’s enslaved community, and how we interpret slavery at the historic site today. Intertwined is narrated by Brenda Parker and is a production of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and CD Squared. www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com
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Episodes
  • Episode 4: Living

    Nov 29 2021

    Episode 4: “Living”

    Kate, her husband Will, and their children lived and worked on Muddy Hole Farm. When her family suffered a tragedy, they drew strength from the kinship ties and friendships they shared with other members of Mount Vernon’s enslaved community. In this episode, we examine daily life, culture, and religious practices of the enslaved people at the plantation. We also explore how on-going archeological work at Mount Vernon helps us piece together the enslaved community’s lived experience and recover their voices when the written record falls silent.

    Featuring:

    • Dr. Brenda Stevenson, Hillary Rodham Clinton Endowed Chair in Women’s History, St. John’s College, Oxford University
    • Dr. Eleanor Breen, City Archaeologist, City of Alexandria
    • Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz, Director of Collections and Visitor Engagement, Stratford Hall Plantation, and Director of Education and Historic Interpretation, Virginia’s Executive Mansion
    • Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
    • Dr. Jason Boroughs, Research Archaeologist, George Washington’s Mount Vernon
    • Dr. Marcus Nevius, Associate Professor of History and African Studies, University of Rhode Island
    • Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

    Full transcripts, show notes, and bibliographies available at www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com.

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    40 mins
  • Episode 3: Revolutions

    Nov 22 2021

    Episode 3: “Revolutions”

    William Lee was George Washington’s trusted enslaved valet. For over two decades, he attended Washington from early morning until nightfall. In times of peace and war, Lee rode with Washington through Mount Vernon’s fields, out to his western lands, and into battle against the British. In this episode, we follow Lee’s journey to investigate revolutions in Mount Vernon’s agricultural life, American politics, and Washington’s views on slavery.

    Featuring:

    • Dr. Bruce Ragsdale, former Director of the Federal Judicial History Office
    • Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon
    • Dr. Cassandra Good, Assistant Professor of History, Marymount University
    • Dr. Lynn Price Robbins, historian of George and Martha Washington and Early America
    • Ramin Ganeshram, Executive Director, Westport Museum for History and Culture

    Full transcripts, show notes, and bibliographies available at www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com.

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    44 mins
  • Episode 2: Laboring

    Nov 15 2021

    Episode 2: “Laboring”

    As an overseer, Davy Gray was entrusted by George Washington with the management of the enslaved laborers on Dogue Run Farm. His weekly reports to Washington revealed progress toward Washington’s goal of transforming Mount Vernon into a model of British agriculture. But Gray was also enslaved, just like the men, women, and children he oversaw. In this episode, we explore Gray’s complicated story to learn about the daily labor of Mount Vernon’s enslaved community and Washington’s relentless quest to make his plantation into a self-sustaining enterprise.

    Featuring:

    • Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon
    • Thomas Reinhart, Director of Preservation, George Washington’s Mount Vernon
    • Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
    • Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz, Director of Collections and Visitor Engagement, Stratford Hall Plantation, and Director of Education and Historic Interpretation, Virginia’s Executive Mansion
    • Dr. Lorena Walsh, Research Historian Emerita, Colonial Williamsburg
    • Dr. Bruce Ragsdale, Independent Scholar and former Director of the Federal Judicial History Office

    Full transcripts, show notes, and bibliographies available at www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com.

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    36 mins

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