George Washington and His World
This course provides the unique opportunity to engage with the life and times of George Washington at his home – the Mount Vernon Estate. The class examines Washington as a soldier, politician, slave owner, entrepreneur, consumer, president, private person, and national icon. Heavy emphasis is placed on the use and interpretation of primary sources, including historical documents and material culture at Mount Vernon. Students have the chance not only to learn about Washington but also to contribute to ongoing digital history projects at Mount Vernon. Lectures and class discussions are supplemented by tours of the mansion, museum, estate grounds and support buildings of Mount Vernon as well as research and hands-on activities at the national headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati. Through these various experiences, students develop their own critical interpretations of America’s first president and the namesake of our university.