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The Life of Washington (Belknap Press)

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Publisher Comments:

The effect of this "single, immortal, and dubious anecdote," and others like it, has made this book one of the most influential in the history of American folklore. Originally published as an eighty-page pamphlet entitled The Life and Memorable Actions of George Washington, it quickly attained immense popularity. In 1806 a so-called fifth edition was published which contained for the first time the tale of George Washington and the cherry tree; the book has survived to this day, although largely on the basis of that episode. This volume follows the text of the ninth (1809) printing, which included all the famous anecdotes. The first republication of the book since 1927, it is unique in its detailed commentary on Weems and other biographers of Washington.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Marcus Cunliffe

Note on the Text

1. Introductory

2. Birth and Education

3. George's Father Dies--His Education Continued by his Mother--His Behaviour under School-master Williams

4. George Leaves School--Is Appointed a Private Surveyor to Lord Fairfax, of the Northern Neck--Wishes to Enter on Board of a British Man of War--Providentially Prevented by His Mother--The First Lightnings of His Soul to War 5. French Encroachments on the Ohio-Washington Volunteers His Services to Governor Dinwiddie--His Hazardous Embassy to the French and Indians--Miraculous Escapes--Account of His Journals--Anecdote of His Modesty

6. The French and Indian War Begins--Washington Goes Forth to Meet the Dangers of His Country--Aims a Blow at Fort Du Quesne--Fails--Gallant Defence of Fort Necessity--Retires from the Service in Disgust--Pressed into it Again by General Braddock--Defeat and Death of Braddoch, and Dreadful Slaughter of His Army

7. Fateful Effects of Braddoch's Defeat--Washington Wishes to Carry the War into Indian Country--Government Refuses-Defensive War Preferred--The Frontiers Deso-lated

8. Washington's Mother Has a Very Curious Dream--It Points to Great Corning Troubles--A Cloud Rising in England--The Causes of the Revolutionary War

9. Battle of Bunker's-hilt--Of Sullivan's Island-Declaration of Independence--Defeat of the Americans on Long Island-Howe Looks Big-Times Squally

10. Lord North Coming to His Senses, Sends Commissioners to America--Clinton Evacuates Philadelphia--Washington Pursues Him--Battle of Monmouth--Arnold's Apostacy--André Apprehended--Executed--His Character

11. Washington Again on His Farm--Sketch of His Conduct There--Suggests the Importance of Inland Navigation--Companies Forming--Urges a Reform of the Old Constitution--Appointed President of the United States--Great Difficulties to Encounter--Gloriously Surmounts Them

12. The Death of Washington

13. Character of Washington

14. Washington's Character Continued--His Benevolence

15. Washington's Character Continued--His Industry

16. Washington's Character Continued--His Patriotism--Conclusion--Washington's Will

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674532519
Editor:
Cunliffe, Marcus
Author:
Cunliffe, Marcus
Author:
Weems, Mason Locke
Author:
Weems, Mason L.
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Washington, george, 1732-1799
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Social Science - Folklore & Mythology
Copyright:
Series:
The John Harvard Library
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
December 1962
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 halftones
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in 10 oz

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