George Washington and the Virginia Backcountry

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Beginning his lifelong association with the Virginia backcountry in 1748 when he started surveying the sparsely populated, often perilous region, Washington's entire early career and rise to national prominence was linked to the Western frontier. Only through understanding this relationship between the man and the region can we understand Virginia's lifelong impact on the founder. This collection of essays explores the role that the geography and diverse inhabitants of this burgeoning area played in molding ...

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Beginning his lifelong association with the Virginia backcountry in 1748 when he started surveying the sparsely populated, often perilous region, Washington's entire early career and rise to national prominence was linked to the Western frontier. Only through understanding this relationship between the man and the region can we understand Virginia's lifelong impact on the founder. This collection of essays explores the role that the geography and diverse inhabitants of this burgeoning area played in molding Washington's life, temperament, and politics. Written by authoritative Washington scholars—including John E. Ferling, Don Higginbotham, Robert D. Mitchell, Dorothy Twohig, Bruce A. Ragsdale, J. Frederick Fausz, and Philander D. Chase—these essays present the young leader against the complex and changing backdrop of the West. As a whole, this book offers a fine and multi-faceted analysis of the environmental factors that influenced the development of America's founder. Individually, each essay demonstrates that Washington's story and Virginia's are the same tale—no where else are "place" and "personality" so closely linked.

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American Studies
A complex picture of an individual whose identity underwent considerable change over the course of a lifetime emerges more strongly from this collection than from many other studies of George Washington.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945612506
  • Publisher: Madison House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Warren R. Hofstra is professor of history at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. In addition to teaching in the fields of American social and cultural history, he directs the Community History Project of Shenandoah University. He has published in the fields of social history, vernacular architecture, material culture, geography, archaeology, and economic history. Professor Hofstra's first book was A Separate Place: The Formation of Clarke County, Virgina. He is currently engaged in an extended research project on settlement, social evolution, and landscape in the early Shenandoah Valley.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Part 2 Part One Chapter 3 The Making of George Washington Chapter 4 Young Washington's Virginia: Opportunity in the "Golden Age" of a Planter Society Part 5 Part Two Chapter 6 "Over the Hills and Far Away": George Washington and the Changing Virginia Backcountry Chapter 7 "A Parcel of Barbarian's and an Uncooth Set of People": Settlers and Settlements of the Shenandoah Valley Chapter 8 Engaged in Enterprises Pregnant with Terror": George Washington's Formative Years among the Indians Part 9 Part Three Chapter 10 A Stake in the West: George Washington as Backcountry Surveyor and Landholder Chapter 11 School for Command: Young George Washington and the Virginia Regiment Chapter 12 George Washington and Revolutionary Asceticism: The Localist as Nationalist Chapter 13 Contributors Chapter 14 Index

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