founding fathers

At George Washington’s Mount Vernon, remembering the enslaved people who built America

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Presidents Day is observed on George Washington’s birthday, Feb. 18th. In this NewsHour lesson plan, a tour guide at Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, who is also a distant relation of an enslaved person at the Virginia estate, offers his perspective about American history, slavery and the founding fathers. Continue reading

Revealing the painful last moments of George Washington

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A series of historical documents sheds light on the final moments of George Washington, whose cause of death has been a mystery for hundreds of years. Continue reading

James Madison’s Montpelier tells the stories of the enslaved people who lived there

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Montpelier, the home of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, recently opened a new permanent exhibit at the Virginia estate to inform visitors about Madison’s slaves and the lives they led. Continue reading

Why we shouldn’t forget that U.S. presidents owned slaves

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In honor of Black History Month, poet Clint Smith and Harvard University doctoral student, offers his take on the history of racial inequality in the United States. Continue reading

‘Hamilton’ the musical tells the immigrant story of a Founding Father

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A popular new hip-hop show on Broadway, “Hamilton,” chronicles one of the nation’s founding fathers and his “rags to riches” story. Continue reading

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