5 episodes

Intertwined tells the story of the more than 577 people enslaved by George and Martha Washington at Mount Vernon. Told through the biographies of Sambo Anderson, Davy Gray, William Lee, Kate, Ona Judge, Nancy Carter Quander, Edmund Parker, Caroline Branham, and the Washingtons, this eight-part podcast series explores the lives and labors of Mount Vernon’s enslaved community, and how we interpret slavery at the historic site today.

Intertwined is narrated by Brenda Parker and is a production of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and CD Squared.

www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com

Intertwined: The Enslaved Community at George Washington’s Mount Vernon George Washington's Mount Vernon

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Intertwined tells the story of the more than 577 people enslaved by George and Martha Washington at Mount Vernon. Told through the biographies of Sambo Anderson, Davy Gray, William Lee, Kate, Ona Judge, Nancy Carter Quander, Edmund Parker, Caroline Branham, and the Washingtons, this eight-part podcast series explores the lives and labors of Mount Vernon’s enslaved community, and how we interpret slavery at the historic site today.

Intertwined is narrated by Brenda Parker and is a production of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and CD Squared.

www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com

    Episode 4: Living

    Episode 4: Living

    Episode 4: “Living”

    Kate, her husband Will, and their children lived and worked on Muddy Hole Farm. When her family suffered a tragedy, they drew strength from the kinship ties and friendships they shared with other members of Mount Vernon’s enslaved community. In this episode, we examine daily life, culture, and religious practices of the enslaved people at the plantation. We also explore how on-going archeological work at Mount Vernon helps us piece together the enslaved community’s lived experience and recover their voices when the written record falls silent.

    Featuring:


    Dr. Brenda Stevenson, Hillary Rodham Clinton Endowed Chair in Women’s History, St. John’s College, Oxford University
    Dr. Eleanor Breen, City Archaeologist, City of Alexandria
    Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz, Director of Collections and Visitor Engagement, Stratford Hall Plantation, and Director of Education and Historic Interpretation, Virginia’s Executive Mansion
    Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
    Dr. Jason Boroughs, Research Archaeologist, George Washington’s Mount Vernon
    Dr. Marcus Nevius, Associate Professor of History and African Studies, University of Rhode Island
    Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

    Full transcripts, show notes, and bibliographies available at www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com.

    • 39 min
    Episode 3: Revolutions

    Episode 3: Revolutions

    Episode 3: “Revolutions”

    William Lee was George Washington’s trusted enslaved valet. For over two decades, he attended Washington from early morning until nightfall. In times of peace and war, Lee rode with Washington through Mount Vernon’s fields, out to his western lands, and into battle against the British. In this episode, we follow Lee’s journey to investigate revolutions in Mount Vernon’s agricultural life, American politics, and Washington’s views on slavery.

    Featuring:


    Dr. Bruce Ragsdale, former Director of the Federal Judicial History Office
    Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon
    Dr. Cassandra Good, Assistant Professor of History, Marymount University
    Dr. Lynn Price Robbins, historian of George and Martha Washington and Early America
    Ramin Ganeshram, Executive Director, Westport Museum for History and Culture

    Full transcripts, show notes, and bibliographies available at www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com.

    • 44 min
    Episode 2: Laboring

    Episode 2: Laboring

    Episode 2: “Laboring”

    As an overseer, Davy Gray was entrusted by George Washington with the management of the enslaved laborers on Dogue Run Farm. His weekly reports to Washington revealed progress toward Washington’s goal of transforming Mount Vernon into a model of British agriculture. But Gray was also enslaved, just like the men, women, and children he oversaw. In this episode, we explore Gray’s complicated story to learn about the daily labor of Mount Vernon’s enslaved community and Washington’s relentless quest to make his plantation into a self-sustaining enterprise.

    Featuring:


    Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon
    Thomas Reinhart, Director of Preservation, George Washington’s Mount Vernon
    Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
    Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz, Director of Collections and Visitor Engagement, Stratford Hall Plantation, and Director of Education and Historic Interpretation, Virginia’s Executive Mansion
    Dr. Lorena Walsh, Research Historian Emerita, Colonial Williamsburg
    Dr. Bruce Ragsdale, Independent Scholar and former Director of the Federal Judicial History Office

    Full transcripts, show notes, and bibliographies available at www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com.

    • 36 min
    Episode 1: Passages

    Episode 1: Passages

    Episode 1: “Passages”

    Sambo Anderson was just a boy when he was captured in West Africa, survived the Middle Passage, and purchased by an ambitious George Washington sometime in the late 1760s. During his years of enslavement at Mount Vernon, Anderson became a carpenter, a husband, and a father. In this episode, we tell the story of Anderson’s life to explore the rise of slavery in the Chesapeake Bay region, George and Martha Washington’s connections to the transatlantic slave trade, and the laws that marked the boundaries between slavery and freedom in Virginia.

    Featuring:


    Dr. Brenda Stevenson, Hillary Rodham Clinton Endowed Chair in Women’s History, St. John’s College, Oxford University
    Dr. Lorena Walsh, Research Historian Emerita, Colonial Williamsburg
    Dr. John C. Coombs, Professor of History, Hampden-Sydney College
    Dr. Lynn Price Robbins, historian of George and Martha Washington and Early America
    Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

    Full transcripts, show notes, and bibliographies available at www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com.

    • 40 min
    Introducing Intertwined: The Enslaved Community at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

    Introducing Intertwined: The Enslaved Community at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

    Intertwined tells the story of the more than 577 people enslaved by George and Martha Washington at Mount Vernon. Told through the biographies of Sambo Anderson, Davy Gray, William Lee, Kate, Ona Judge, Nancy Carter Quander, Edmund Parker, Caroline Branham, and the Washingtons, this eight-part podcast series explores the lives and labors of Mount Vernon’s enslaved community, and how we interpret slavery at the historic site today.

    Intertwined is narrated by Brenda Parker and is a production of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and CD Squared.

    Find Intertwined on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts.

    Learn more, subscribe to the show, and find full transcripts, show notes, and bibliographies available at www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

tglolo ,

Fascinating and informative

A valuable insight into the lives of enslaved people at Mt. Vernon and presented in a compelling way. Clearly well researched and written.

Spinning Yarns ,

Great podcast!

What a beautifully researched and presented podcast. It’s good to hear about the lives of the people who made Mount Vernon what it was. I’m looking forward to hearing the next episodes.

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