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Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves

William G. McGowan Theater
Washington, DC

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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In Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves, Marie Jenkins Schwartz examines the relationships that developed between the First Ladies and their slaves in the households of the Founding Fathers from Virginia. Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson, and Dolley Madison were all slaveholders who had close relations with their slaves and saw them more as constant companions. By looking closely at the complicated intimacy these women shared, Schwartz illuminates much about the lives of the slaves themselves, as well as class, race, and gender in early America. A book signing will follow the program.


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