George Washington & the Founding of A Nation

George Washington & the Founding of A Nation

Book - 2001
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A fascinating, fast-paced account of our first president's life and times. Albert Marrin examines the "father of our country" from the perspectives of his character, military experience, and also his slaveholding, to assess Washington's role in our history. A born leader with a commanding physique, unwavering self-discipline, and an unconquerable will to succeed, he was also-as Lord Fairfax observed when Washington was only sixteen-"a man who will go to school all his life." Washington's schools were the rugged country of the French and Indian War, the misery-creating insolvency of the Continental Army, and the agrarian responsibility of his plantation in Mount Vernon. Neither a political theorist nor a firebrand, Washington embodied the virtues of fairness, restraint, and farsightedness that could hold the American colonies together-at least for a while. For, as he said near the end of his life and after two terms as president, "I can clearly foresee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union."
Publisher: New York : Dutton Children's Books, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780525464815
0525464816
Characteristics: 276 p. : ill., maps ; 27 cm

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