An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves and the Creation of America - Henry Wiencek

Author Henry Wiencek examines our first president’s long struggle with the issue of slavery, an experience that moved him to free all his slaves upon his death.
Presidential Series: HAIL TO THE CHIEFS
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

George Washington was a slave owner, a fact which he described as his “only unavoidable subject of regret.” So much did he regret it that in his will Washington made the startling decision to free his slaves. Author Henry Wiencek, who in 2012 spoke at the Library about Thomas Jefferson’s attitudes toward slavery, now examines the relationship between the most iconic of our Founding Fathers and the “peculiar institution.”

Wiencek’s presentation kicks off the 2013 Hail to the Chiefs Series on the American Presidency co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and the Truman Library Institute and co-sponsored by KCUR’s Up to Date.

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