Grow Your Own Liberty!

Duration: 30-60 minutes

Thomas Jefferson experimented with over 300 varieties of vegetables and fruits in his “laboratory” garden at Monticello, but he rarely cultivated the crops himself. Jefferson relied on the toil and sweat of slave labor to carry out his own experimentation on the “little mountain.” Picture yourself as an enslaved person at Monticello in the early…

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Middle School, High School

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CVlautzenheiser - 2014 Barringer Fellow, Monticello Teacher Institute