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Henry Wiencek, a nationally prominent historian and writer, is the author of several books, including, most recently, The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White, which won the National Book Critics' Circle Award in 1999. He lives with his wife and son in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Washington, George, 1732-1799, Washington, George, 1732-1799 Views on slavery, Washington, George, 1732-1799 Relations with slaves, Presidents United States Biography, Slavery Political aspects United States History 18th century, United States Politics and government 1775-1783