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Human Bondage and Georgetown’s Early Wealth
Early Georgetown was not the polite society conjured by books like The Georgetown Ladies’ Social Club. Rather, it was built in part from trafficking in human beings – African slaves and British convicts and indentured servants – and from their labor. For instance, in 1805, Francis Lowndes, the son of a trafficker in humans, sold to Robert Peter the 8 ½ acre tract now known as Tudor Place for the seemingly princely sum of $6,000, but Peter had the money as evidenced by his selling inherited family slaves for $100,000 a few years later. Jim Johnston leads you on a tour of the real history of an early Georgetown that was diverse in the extreme with homes of fantastic wealth and hovels of abject poverty.

Dec 7, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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