The slave list, available in a typescript as well as original format, includes George Washington's slaves on the left (who were to be freed upon the death of Martha Washington) and Mount Vernon's "Dower" slaves on the right (who were to go to Martha's Custis heirs upon her death).
By closely analyzing the document, students can build a list of questions for future research around topics such as slave family life, work on a plantation, and slave children's lives. There is a teacher's guide to this document available from Mt. Vernon.
Where to go for research?
- Colonial Williamsburg has a student interactive that looks at clothing for colonial people of different social status.
- Williamsburg's 3-d Role Playing game also looks at Colonial life and includes an enslaved house servant and a young planter gentleman.
- Slideshows take a look at the types of trades found in a colonial community or on a plantation such as Mt. Vernon's.
- And, of course, there is much to learn online at Mt. Vernon.