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American Artifacts: James Madison's Slaves

Director of Archaeology Matthew Reeves

Director of Archaeology Matthew Reeves

Washington, DC
Sunday, March 11, 2012

James Madison, the fourth President of the United States & often referred to as the "Father of the Constitution," owned about a hundred slaves at Montpelier, his 4600- acre estate in Orange County, Virginia.  American History TV traveled 90 miles south of the nation's capital to learn about an archaeological project investigating the enslaved communities of James Madison's Montpelier.

The three-year archaeology project is jointly funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Montpelier Foundation.

Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 2:59pm (ET)

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