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The Resource Travels with George : in search of Washington and his legacy, Nathaniel Philbrick

Travels with George : in search of Washington and his legacy, Nathaniel Philbrick

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Travels with George : in search of Washington and his legacy
Title
Travels with George
Title remainder
in search of Washington and his legacy
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Nathaniel Philbrick
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Language
eng
Summary
"Does George Washington still matter? The bestselling author argues for his unique contribution to the forging of America by retracing his journey as a new President through the former colonies, now an unsure nation. A new first-person voice for Philbrick, weaving history and personal reflection into one narrative. When George Washington became president in 1798, the United States of America was still a loose and quarrelsome confederation and a tentative political experiment. Washington undertook a tour of the ex-colonies to talk to ordinary citizens about their lives and their feelings about his new government, and to imbue in them the idea of being one thing--Americans. Nathaniel Philbrick embarked on his own journey into what Washington called "the infant woody country"--and to see for himself what it had become in the 230 years since. Writing in a thoughtful first person about his own adventures with his travel companions (wife and puppy), Philbrick follows the tour of America that Washington went on after becoming President--an almost 2,000-mile journey from Mount Vernon to the new capital in New York, a tour of New England, a venture out across Long Island, and into the hinterlands of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The narrative moves smoothly back and forth from the eighteenth to twenty-first centuries, so we see the country through Washington's eyes as well as Philbrick's. Written at a moment when America's foundational ideals--or claims to them--are under scrutiny, Travels with George grapples bluntly and honestly with George Washington's legacy as a man of the people, a mythical figure of the early republic, a reluctant President, and a plantation owner who held people in slavery. At historic houses and landmarks, Philbrick reports on the reinterpretations at work, as well as meeting reenactors and other keepers of the flame. He paints a picture of 18th century America as divided and fraught as it is today, and he comes to understand how Washington entranced, compelled, enticed, and stood up to the many different kinds of citizens he met on this journey--and how through belief, vision, and sheer will he convinced them that they were now all Americans, creating a sense of national solidarity that had never existed before"--
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contains biographical information
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Philbrick, Nathaniel
Dewey number
973.4/1092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E312
LC item number
.P55 2021
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Washington, George
  • Philbrick, Nathaniel
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Historical reenactments
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Travels with George : in search of Washington and his legacy, Nathaniel Philbrick
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-358) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1265406268
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 374 pages
Isbn
9780525562177
Lccn
2020054623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1265406268
Label
Travels with George : in search of Washington and his legacy, Nathaniel Philbrick
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-358) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1265406268
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 374 pages
Isbn
9780525562177
Lccn
2020054623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1265406268

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