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George Washington and the Virginia backcountry /
edited by Warren R. Hofstra.
1st ed.
Madison, Wis. : Madison House, 1998.
xiii, 265 p. : ill., maps, ports., facsims.
0945612508 (acid-free paper)
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Madison, Wis. : Madison House, 1998.
0945612508 (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Review Quotes
A complex picture of an individual whose identity underwent considerable change over the course of a lifetime emerges more strongly from this collection than from many other studies of George Washington.
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Long Description
Beginning his lifelong association with the Virginia backcountry in 1748 when he started surveying the sparsely populated, often perilous region, Washington's entire early career and rise to national prominence was linked to the Western frontier. Only through understanding this relationship between the man and the region can we understand Virginia's lifelong impact on the founder. This collection of essays explores the role that the geography and diverse inhabitants of this burgeoning area played in molding Washington's life, temperament, and politics. Written by authoritative Washington scholars--including John E. Ferling, Don Higginbotham, Robert D. Mitchell, Dorothy Twohig, Bruce A. Ragsdale, J. Frederick Fausz, and Philander D. Chase--these essays present the young leader against the complex and changing backdrop of the West. As a whole, this book offers a fine and multi-faceted analysis of the environmental factors that influenced the development of America's founder. Individually, each essay demonstrates that Washington's story and Virginia's are the same tale--no where else are "place" and "personality" so closely linked.
Main Description
This collection of essays written by prestigious Washington scholars examines the role that geography and the diverse inhabitants of this frontier play in molding Washington's life, temperament, and politics.
Table of Contents
The Making of George Washingtonp. 3
Young Washington's Virginia: Opportunity in the "Golden Age" of a Planter Societyp. 35
"Over the Hills and Far Away": George Washington and the Changing Virginia Backcountryp. 63
"A Parcel of Barbarian's and an Uncooth Set of People": Settlers and Settlements of the Shenandoah Valleyp. 87
"Engaged in Enterprises Pregnant with Terror": George Washington's Formative Years among the Indiansp. 115
A Stake in the West: George Washington as Backcountry Surveyor and Landholderp. 159
School for Command: Young George Washington and the Virginia Regimentp. 195
George Washington and Revolutionary Asceticism: The Localist as Nationalistp. 223
Contributorsp. 251
Indexp. 255
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