George Washington Reconsidered

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George Washington, heroic general of the Revolution, master of Mount Vernon, and first president of the United States, remains the most enigmatic figure of the founding generation, with historians and the public at large still arguing over the strengths of his character and the nature of his intellectual and political contributions to the early republic. Representing the finest recent scholarship on Washington, these thirteen essays by the leading scholars in the field strike a balance between Washington's ...

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Overview

George Washington, heroic general of the Revolution, master of Mount Vernon, and first president of the United States, remains the most enigmatic figure of the founding generation, with historians and the public at large still arguing over the strengths of his character and the nature of his intellectual and political contributions to the early republic. Representing the finest recent scholarship on Washington, these thirteen essays by the leading scholars in the field strike a balance between Washington's personal life and character and his public life as a soldier and political figure. Editor Don Higginbotham provides an introduction about Washington and his treatment by historians, and an afterword devoted to how the American people have viewed Washington, including the 1999 commemorations of the bicentennial of his death. With three essays written specifically for this volume, George Washington Reconsidered is the first collection of its kind to be published in over thirty years.

University of Virginia Press

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This is the first collection of essays concerned with recent scholarship about Washington to be published since the 1960s. Edited by Higginbotham (history, peace, war, defense at the University of North Carolina), the essays were written by American history and political science scholars who've previously published works about Washington. They treat Washington as both a public figure and a private man, covering various aspects of his family, home, agricultural interests, beliefs about slavery and treatment of his own slaves, and attitudes toward life and afterlife, as well as images of the man<-->his own and others'ideas of him. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813920061
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Higginbotham, author of George Washington and the American Military Tradition among numerous other books, is Dowd Professor of History and Peace, War, and Defense at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Washington and the Historians 1
1 The English Cleric and the Virginia Adventurer: The Washingtons, Father and Son 15
2 Washington and the Colonial Military Tradition 38
3 George Washington, the British Tobacco Trade, and Economic Opportunity in Pre-Revolutionary Virginia 67
4 Interpreting George Washington's Mount Vernon 94
5 "That Species of Property": Washington's Role in the Controversy over Slavery 114
6 George Washington and Revolutionary Asceticism: The Localist as Nationalist 141
7 The Republican General 165
8 George Washington, the West, and the Union 198
9 The Farewell: Washington's Wisdom at the End 212
10 The Final Struggle between George Washington and the Grim King: Washington's Attitude toward Death and an Afterlife 250
11 The Uncommon Awareness of Self: The Papers of George Washington 275
12 George Washington: The Aloof American 287
13 The Greatness of George Washington 309
Afterword: Washington and the American People 325
Index 331
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