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Sarah Johnson's Mount Vernon: The Forgotten History of an American Shrine

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Sarah Johnson's Mount Vernon brilliantly restores the lives and contributions of African Americans to the legacy of Mount Vernon. Digging beneath the well-known stories of George Washington and the era of America's birth, Scott E. Casper recovers the remarkable history of Sarah Johnson, who spent more than fifty years at Mount Vernon, in slavery and after emancipation. Thr ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 20th 2009 by Hill and Wang (first published January 22nd 2008)
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Louise
This is a history of Mount Vernon following the death of George Washington. Because it is a story of the everyday life on and operation of the estate, it is a story of 200 years of African American history. There is a parallel history here too, about the pioneer days of the historic preservation movement.

Early visitors to Mount Vernon believed what they wanted to believe. Knowing Washington's will had freed his slaves (upon the death of Martha, who released them early) one could ignore reality a
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Caroline
Nov 13, 2009 Caroline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just ok. I thought it could of been better written. It felt like a college thesis.
Sandra D
Mar 10, 2009 Sandra D rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sandra D by: LA Times book review
Interesting concept, tediously executed.
Anne Powell
Sep 01, 2014 Anne Powell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating story of the African Americans, both enslaved and free, that lived at and cared for George Washington's Mount Vernon estate in the long years after his death. Wonderfully written and researched. Reading this book really gives you a different way of looking at places like that.
Rosie Beck
Apr 01, 2010 Rosie Beck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well researched book regarding Sarah Johnson-first a slave and then an emancipated worker at Mt. Vernon for over fifty years. An interestingly different point of view of the African Americans and the Ladies of Mount Vernon who kept traditions and history going during 19th century. P.S. Author is a prof at UNR>
Rachel
Dec 28, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


Interesting information, but could have been presented in a more interesting way...
Marie
Jun 08, 2009 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An important look at how a national shrine has distorted history.
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