A Companion to George Washington
Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History, Band 90 1. Aufl.
Utilizing new primary source material from the Papers of George Washington, a documentary editing project dedicated to the transcription and publication of original documents, A Companion to George Washington features a collection of original readings from scholars and popular historians that shed new light on all aspects of the life of George Washington. Provides readers with new insights into previously neglected aspects of Washington's life Features original essays from top scholars and popular historians Based on new research from thousands of previously unpublished letters to and from Washington
List of Figures viii Notes on Contributors ix Introduction xvi 1. The Youth of George Washington 1 Jessica E. Brunelle 2. The Unlikely Success of a Provincial Surveyor: George Washington Finds Fame in the American Frontier, 1749–1754 15 Jason E. Farr 3. Treating American Indians as ‘Slaves’, ‘Dogs’, and Unwanted Allies: George Washington, Edward Braddock, and the Influence of Ethnocentrism and Diplomatic Pragmatism in Ohio Valley Military Relations, 1753–1755 32 John K. Rowland 4. A Provincial Goes to War: George Washington and the Virginia Regiment, August 1755–January 1759 53 Peter C. Luebke 5. Entrepreneur 70 Dennis J. Pogue 6. George Washington and His Family 86 Patricia Brady 7. Washington and Slavery 104 L. Scott Philyaw 8. “What Manner of Man I Am”: The Political Career of George Washington before the Revolution 121 Taylor Stoermer 9. George Washington and the Siege of Boston 137 Robert J. Allison 10. George Washington at New York: The Campaign of 1776 153 Barnet Schecter 11. The Crossing: The Trenton and Princeton Campaign of 1776–1777 173 Stuart Leibiger 12. George Washington and the Philadelphia Campaign 1777 190 Thomas J. McGuire 13. Washington at Valley Forge 209 Mary Stockwell 14. The Politics of Battle: Washington, the Army, and the Monmouth Campaign 226 Mark Edward Lender 15. “The most unlimited Confidence in his Wisdom & Judgement”: Washington as Commander in Chief in the First Years of the French Alliance 245 Benjamin L. Huggins 16. Washington, Rochambeau, and the Yorktown Campaign of 1781 266 Robert A. Selig 17. “High Time For Peace”: George Washington and the Close of the American Revolution 288 William M. Fowler, Jr. 18. George Washington’s Navy 302 John B. Hattendorf 19. Washington’s Irregulars 320 John W. Hall 20. George Washington Spymaster 344 John A. Nagy 21. Administrator in Chief 358 Cheryl R. Collins 22. George Washington: America’s First Soldier 378 Thomas A. Rider II 23. Revolution and Peace 399 James M. Mac Donald 24. George Washington and the Constitution 413 Whit Ridgway 25. George Washington and Republican Government: The Political Thought of George Washington 430 Nicholas P. Cole 26. One Cause, One Purpose, One Nation: George Washington, the Whiskey Insurrection, and Executive Authority 447 Carol S. Ebel 27. Securing the Revolution: The American Economy and the Challenge of Independence 471 Dana John Stefanelli 28. George Washington and the Emergence of Party Politics in the New Nation 490 Rosemarie Zagarri 29. Foreign Policy in the Presidential Era 506 Jeffrey J. Malanson 30. George Washington in Retirement 524 Alexia Jones Helsley 31. George Washington's Mind 542 William M. Ferraro 32. Religion: George Washington, Anglican Gentleman 558 Mary V. Thompson 33. George Washington, Death and Mourning 576 Meredith Eliassen 34. The Washington Image in American Culture 592 Scott E. Casper Bibliography 612 Index 640
"[T]he collection contains an admirable mixture of sturdy, predictable, but necessary chapters intermixed with refreshingly original chapters on less-studied aspects of Washington's career. ...It promises to be, as other volumes in the Blackwell Companions to American History series aspire to be, the standard one-volume reference on its subject." (Journal of American History, 1 September 2013 "Scholars of the American Revolution should encourage their libraries to consider adding this title to their collections and should certainly consult it when needed." (Journal of Military History, 1 May 2013)
Edward G. Lengel is Professor and Editor-in-Chief of the Papers of George Washington, a documentary editing project dedicated to the transcription and publication of original documents, at the University of Virginia. His books include General George Washington: A Military Life (2005); This Glorious Struggle: George Washington's Revolutionary War Letters (2008), Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder in Myth and Memory (2011), and many others. Lengel is a columnist for Military History magazine and has appeared in documentaries about Washington on The History Channel.
George Washington is a national American icon. A towering historical figure—both in stature and reputation—Washington has attracted generations of scholars while continuing to fascinate the modern public. Yet with so many scholarly and popular works available on Washington, could there possibly be anything new left to be said? The answer is an emphatic yes, with the recent release of some 135,000 new documents through the Papers of George Washington, documentary editing project dedicated to the transcription and publication of original documents. Utilizing this treasure trove of new primary source material, A Companion to George Washington presents a series of original essays that shed important new light on the most enigmatic of the original founding fathers. Featuring original research from several top scholars and popular historians, readings examine almost every conceivable aspect of the great man’s life, including Washington’s youth, family, and education; his experiences in the French and Indian War; his views on slavery and the management of Mount Vernon; his military career, political career, and retirement; and Washington’s enduring legacy for the United States. A Companion to George Washington offers modern readers and scholars alike with a wealth of fresh and fascinating new insights into America’s first founding father.
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