What was the real reason Alexandria County separated itself from the District of Columbia in 1846-47? To preserve slavery, or to better control its economic development? What key role was played by Arlington House creator George Washington Parke Custis? Hear history-lover and writer Charlie Clark examine this historic question.

This is a recording on January 12, 2023 of one of the monthly series of free public programs hosted by the Arlington Historical Society. The video runs for 45 minutes and 54 seconds.