The Presidency of George Washington / Edition 1

The Presidency of George Washington / Edition 1

by Forrest McDonald, F. McDonald
     
 

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ISBN-10: 070060359X

ISBN-13: 9780700603596

Pub. Date: 02/28/1974

Publisher: University Press of Kansas

In this volume, Forrest McDonald admits that George Washington was no executive genius, and notes that a number of his advisers and cabinet members were considerably more important in formulating programs and policies than he was. Nevertheless, he maintains that, but for Washington, the office of president might not exist today. McDonald asserts that Washington's

Overview

In this volume, Forrest McDonald admits that George Washington was no executive genius, and notes that a number of his advisers and cabinet members were considerably more important in formulating programs and policies than he was. Nevertheless, he maintains that, but for Washington, the office of president might not exist today. McDonald asserts that Washington's reputation as a man of integrity, dignity, candor, and republican virtue was well-deserved, and that he contributed best by serving as a symbol.

The book covers the central concerns of Washington's administration: a complex tangle of war debts; the organization of the Bank of the United States; geographical and social factionalism; the emergence of strong national partisan politics; adjustments in federal-state relations; the effort to remain neutral in the face of European tumult; the opening of the Mississippi River; and the removal of the threat of Indians and British in the Northwest Territory. McDonald also describes the rivalry between Washington's two most important department heads, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700603596
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
02/28/1974
Series:
American Presidency Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
1,231,092
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface

Preface

1. The United States in 1789

2. Establishing a Government

3. The Financial Dilemma

4. Hamiltonianism

5. A Federal System of Politics, 1791-1792

6. Foreign Entanglements: 1793

7. 1794

8. Treaties and Intrigue, 1795-1796

9. The Transfer of Power, and An Epilogue

A Note on the Sources

Historiographical and Bibliographical Note

Index

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