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Great and Good Man: George Washington in the Eyes of His Contemporaries

Great and Good Man: George Washington in the Eyes of His Contemporaries

by John P. Kaminski
     
 

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A Great and Good Man presents a lively collection of contemporary letters, poems, addresses, and newspaper reports that demonstrate the remarkable esteem in which Washington was held. Washington would become, after his death, a true symbol of the American republic.

This book illuminates the role that Washington played in the public imagination. We see Washington as

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A Great and Good Man presents a lively collection of contemporary letters, poems, addresses, and newspaper reports that demonstrate the remarkable esteem in which Washington was held. Washington would become, after his death, a true symbol of the American republic.

This book illuminates the role that Washington played in the public imagination. We see Washington as he stood before and was addressed by the nation- praised by politicians, advised by foreigners, and lionized by citizens. In Washington's own letters and addresses we also glimpse the canny side of Washington, a man who was careful with his public image and was a shrewd gamesman in the political arena. By the time he took presidential office in 1789, few questioned his political acumen and national leaders were dependent on his leadership.

Editorial Reviews

The Journal of Southern History
These documents demonstrate Washington and his colleagues' shrewd use of his image in the move to revamp the central government. . . . Washington's election, inauguration, and presidential tours, Federalist writers believed, had overcome the dangerously divisive spirit of party and united all hearts in support of the new government. . . . Some of their effusions seem incredibly overblown today. . . . But in fact many Americans did adore their hero as the embodiment of their fledgling nation and of their hopes and ideals. . . . These documents have been carefully researched and edited. The commentary is neither critical nor analytical. Readers will have to evaluate the significance of the materials themselves, but taken together they are fascinating even to the historian familiar with them.
Booknews
A collection of contemporary letters, poems, addresses, newspaper accounts demonstrating admiration for Washington. Minimal modern commentary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
New York History
The editors have discovered contemporary poetry and published commentary that have never been reprinted. The adulation of Washington may stun some readers. . . . Kaminski and McCaughan have produced an appealing and thought provoking work which demonstrates that by 1787 most free Americans truly loved George Washington.
The New York Times
An impressive collection. . . . [It] makes an important contribution to the study of Washington's life and times.
The Journal Of Southern History
These documents demonstrate Washington and his colleagues' shrewd use of his image in the move to revamp the central government. . . . Washington's election, inauguration, and presidential tours, Federalist writers believed, had overcome the dangerously divisive spirit of party and united all hearts in support of the new government. . . . Some of their effusions seem incredibly overblown today. . . . But in fact many Americans did adore their hero as the embodiment of their fledgling nation and of their hopes and ideals. . . . These documents have been carefully researched and edited. The commentary is neither critical nor analytical. Readers will have to evaluate the significance of the materials themselves, but taken together they are fascinating even to the historian familiar with them.
Journal of Southern History
These documents demonstrate Washington and his colleagues' shrewd use of his image in the move to revamp the central government. . . . Washington's election, inauguration, and presidential tours, Federalist writers believed, had overcome the dangerously divisive spirit of party and united all hearts in support of the new government. . . . Some of their effusions seem incredibly overblown today. . . . But in fact many Americans did adore their hero as the embodiment of their fledgling nation and of their hopes and ideals. . . . These documents have been carefully researched and edited. The commentary is neither critical nor analytical. Readers will have to evaluate the significance of the materials themselves, but taken together they are fascinating even to the historian familiar with them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742559431
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/25/2007
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

John P. Kaminski is the director of The Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has written and spoken widely on the Constitution and is past president of The Association for Documentary Editing. Kaminski is the editor of many works, including The Quotable Jefferson, Citizen Paine, and The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. He lives in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Jill Adair McCaughan received her B.A. in history and English from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her Ph.D. in communications from Ohio State University. She teaches communication and English courses and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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