Life of Washington

ISBN-10: 0674532511
ISBN-13: 9780674532519
Edition: 1962
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.50
Copyright year: 1962
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1962
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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.

Introduction
Note on the Text
Introductory
Birth and Education
George's Father Dies
His Education Continued by his Mother
His Behaviour under School-master Williams
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
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
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
Fateful Effects of Braddoch's Defeat
Washington Wishes to Carry the War into Indian Country
Government Refuses-Defensive War Preferred
The Frontiers Deso-lated
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
Battle of Bunker's-hilt
Of Sullivan's Island-Declaration of Independence
Defeat of the Americans on Long Island-Howe Looks Big-Times Squally
Lord North Coming to His Senses, Sends Commissioners to America
Clinton Evacuates Philadelphia
Washington Pursues Him
Battle of Monmouth
Arnold's Apostacy
Andre Apprehended
Executed
His Character
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
The Death of Washington
Character of Washington
Washington's Character Continued
His Benevolence
Washington's Character Continued
His Industry
Washington's Character Continued
His Patriotism
Conclusion
Washington's Will

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