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Published on Feb 2, 2015
Part 1 of the "George's Farm Animals" Series
"George Washington's Black Cattle" is the first installment of our four part series called "George's Farm Animals," which is set in the fascinating period between the Revolutionary War and George's first term as president. Raising animals was connected with every part of George's daily life: growing crops, improving buildings, managing overseers and slaves, fertilizing fields, and even conducting politics. In this way, the series offers a glimpse into Washington's life as a complex whole.
This video series is special because it heavily features George's correspondence; you'll hear in his own words what he thought about his farms and his cattle. You'll see his personality thrown into relief, including his humor, passion, strict discipline, anger, and deep love for the land. You'll also glimpse the lives and personalities of his contemporaries, ranging from his farm managers, to his fellow farmers, to foreign experts and court officials.