George Washington and the New Nation (1783-1793)

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This book begins with Washington's return to Mount Vernon, a victorious, but exhausted soldier eagerly seeking the pleasures of a quiet country life. Free of heavy responsibilities, his character expands in genial, often unexpected ways. All too soon, however, the idyll is broken. This promises to be the biography of Washington that will best serve our generation.

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Overview

This book begins with Washington's return to Mount Vernon, a victorious, but exhausted soldier eagerly seeking the pleasures of a quiet country life. Free of heavy responsibilities, his character expands in genial, often unexpected ways. All too soon, however, the idyll is broken. This promises to be the biography of Washington that will best serve our generation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316286008
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/1970
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1. Philosophic Shades
1. Soldier's Return 5
2. Mount Vernon: A Well-Resorted Tavern 10
3. Family Matters 30
4. Farmer Washington 39
5. Business Worries 51
6. The Cincinnati Quandary 63
7. The Arts of Peace 69
II. Thirteen Nations or One
8. The Political Scene Darkens 85
9. Duty's Clamorous Voice 98
10. Widening Political Horizons 112
11. Building a New Government 128
12. The New Constellation of This Hemisphere 139
13. On the Brink 153
III. Experiments in Government
14. A Frightening Triumph 171
15. The President Is Inaugurated 182
16. The President as a Social Leader 192
17. Fleshing Out the New Government 210
18. Death and Doldrums 227
19. Debts, Credit, and the National Capital 233
20. Nootka, Yazoo, and the Southwest Frontier 253
21. Vacation Time 268
IV. The Great Schism Opens
22. The Bank of the United States 275
23. Journeys and Bad News 285
24. The Northern Frontier 294
25. Philadelphia High Life 308
26. The Great Columbian Federal City 325
V. The Desire to Escape
27. Jefferson Begins to Doubt Washington 349
28. Determination to Retire 359
29. Personal Feuds Cut Deeper 368
30. The Shades of the Prison House 381
VI. Conclusion
31. The First Term Surveyed 397
Appendix
Acknowledgments 429
Bibliography 431
Source References 439
Index 453
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