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Contact Information
Peggy Thomas
302 Pondside Drive
White Plains, NY  10607
Phone: (860) 868-3700
Program Title
George Washington Plants A Nation
Program Type
Individual Program
Program Rating
This program has not yet been evaluated.
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6Public Library: Library Patrons
Maximum Number of Participants
There is now maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 40 students.
Minimum Number of Participants
Primary Disciplines
Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Sciences, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving
Program Description
What does farming have to do with the American Revolution? In this program author Peggy Thomas will show how George Washington’s love of farming influenced his vision for a new nation. We’ll discuss the problems leading up to the revolution, how they affected George and other colonists, and how mules, manure, and seed experiments helped make the United States the “granary for the world.”
Program Format
Students brainstorm all the things they know about George Washington.

With a slide show, the author will introduce how she discovered a different side of the famous man – his penchant for farming, his love of trees, and experiments with compost – and how she turned these facts into a biography.

We’ll discuss what it means to be self-sufficient, and how Washington’s efforts at Mount Vernon mirrored his struggle to create a free nation. This conversation will touch on traditional life on a plantation, British taxation, Washington’s views of slavery, etc.

The program will end with student's questions and comments.
Students will discover a different side of Washington and connect with a real person rather than an iconic dollar-bill image.

Students will understand how Washington’s efforts to make Mount Vernon self-sufficient mirrored his struggle to create a free nation.

Students will see what life was like on a colonial tobacco plantation under heavy British taxation.

Students will learn techniques for writing a biography, especially of someone as famous as George Washington

Students will participate in a discussion about Washington’s view of slavery – was he right to hold his tongue and put colonial interests ahead of a peoples’ freedom.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
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Program Length
45-60 minutes
Program Cost
By Request: $300.00
By Request Premium: $300.00
Program Fee Notes
Cancellation Policy
Is recording allowed?

Program Delivery Mode(s)
Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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