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Within eight years of the death of George Washington in 1799, the first major biography of “the father of his country” was written by John Marshall and published in five volumes. Marshall, who later became Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, was induced to the task by the first President’s nephew, Bushrod Washington. Marshall’s own principal biographer, Albert J. Beveridge, has described The Life of George Washington as “to this day the fullest and most trustworthy treatment of that period from the conservative point of view.” In fact, so significant is the biography that Marshall later executed a one-volume abridgment, first published in 1838 and used widely for generations in American schools and colleges. The twentieth and final version of the abridgement, published in 1849, is the text reproduced in the new Liberty Fund edition of what Charles A. Beard has praised as a “great” and “masterly” biography. The editors’ foreword and notes, together with maps of major battle campaigns not included in the original edition, make this edition especially attractive for classroom use. The Appendices include Washington’s Speech to the Officers of the Army (15 March 1783), Address to Congress on Resigning Commission (23 December 1783), Letter to Congress Transmitting Proposed Constitution (17 September 1787), First Inaugural Address (30 April 1789), and Farewell Address (19 September 1796).

Robert Faulkner is a Professor of Political Science at Boston College.

Paul Carrese is a Professor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xxii
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  1. Table of Maps
  2. pp. xxiii-xxiv
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  1. Principal Events of Washington's Life
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. Note on this Edition
  2. pp. xxvii-xxviii
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  1. Part One: Commander in Chief of the Revolution
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Chapter 1. "The Favorite Soldier of Virginia": Early Years; the French and Indian War (1732 to 1759)
  2. pp. 3-21
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  1. Chapter 2. "The Soldier of America"; Victory at Boston (September 1774 to April 1776)
  2. pp. 22-30
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  1. Chapter 3. War in Canada and the North (June 1775 to November 1776)
  2. pp. 31-40
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  1. Chapter 4. War in the South: the Declaration of Independence (November 1775 to July 1776)
  2. pp. 41-50
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  1. Chapter 5. Defeat and the Restoration of "Native Courage": Command in New York (June to September 1776)
  2. pp. 51-66
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  1. Chapter 6. "Unyielding Firmness": Retreat and Attack in New York and New Jersey (October 1776 to January 1777)
  2. pp. 67-82
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  1. Chapter 7. The Army and Independence Maintained (January to July 1777)
  2. pp. 83-91
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  1. Chapter 8. Battle and a Wise Determination to Avoid Battle: The Struggle for Philadelphia (July to September 1777)
  2. pp. 92-99
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  1. Chapter 9. A Stubborn Contest in the Middle Colonies (September to December 1777)
  2. pp. 100-114
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  1. Chapter 10. Defeat, then Victory, in the North: Ticonderoga, Bennington, Saratoga (November 1775 to November 1777)
  2. pp. 115-130
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  1. Chapter 11. "The Character of Washington": Preserving Army and Command at Valley Forge (December 1777 to May 1778)
  2. pp. 131-147
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  1. Chapter 12. "On His Own Responsibility": A New Army at Monmouth (March to June 1778)
  2. pp. 148-156
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  1. Chapter 13. "Temperate Measures": Disappointment with the French, Stalemate with the British (July to December 1778)
  2. pp. 157-164
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  1. Chapter 14. Diplomacy; Frontier Attacks; Congress's Grand Plan (June 1778 to February 1779)
  2. pp. 165-172
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  1. Chapter 15. The British Shift the Front: War in Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia (November 1778 to June 1779)
  2. pp. 173-179
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  1. Chapter 16. Near Mutinies and Calming Influence; Skirmishes; the Allies Fail at Savannah (May to December 1779)
  2. pp. 180-193
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  1. Chapter 17. Disasters and Misjudgments in South Carolina (January to August 1780)
  2. pp. 194-206
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  1. Chapter 18. Governing Without Teeth: Mutiny; Failures of Supply; a French Force Stalls (January to September 1780)
  2. pp. 207-218
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  1. Chapter 19. Arnold's Treason: Faction and Army Policy in Congress (August to December 1780)
  2. pp. 219-227
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  1. Chapter 20. "Abilities, Fortitude, and Integrity": Greene and His Lieutenants in the South (August 1780 to April 1781)
  2. pp. 228-243
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  1. Chapter 21. Mutiny Parried and Quelled; the "Miserably Defective" Structure of Congress; Lafayette Checks Cornwallis (November 1780 to July 1781)
  2. pp. 244-256
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  1. Chapter 22. "The Total Incompetency of the Political System"; Victory at Yorktown (May to December 1781)
  2. pp. 257-270
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  1. Chapter 23. The Deep South Regained; the Prudence of Greene (April 1781 to January 1782)
  2. pp. 271-284
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  1. Chapter 24. Peace; Pacifying the Army; the "Virtuous Moderation" to Bid Farewell (December 1781 to December 1783)
  2. pp. 285-298
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  1. Part Two: Father and President of the New Republic
  2. pp. 299-300
  1. Chapter 25. Private Statesmanship: Agriculture, Improvements, Union (1783 to 1785)
  2. pp. 301-312
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  1. Chapter 26. Political Imbecility; Constituting a Government (1784 to 1789)
  2. pp. 313-326
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  1. Chapter 27. Concilating the Public: Election, Inauguration, and First Appointments (1789)
  2. pp. 327-342
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  1. Chapter 28. Defense, Finance, Foreign Affairs-and the First "Systematic Opposition" (1790 to 1791)
  2. pp. 343-356
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  1. Chapter 29. Democratic Rebellion; Indian War; the French Model (March 1791 to March 1793)
  2. pp. 357-377
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  1. Chapter 30. Reelection; Furor over Neutrality; the Extraodrinary Citizen GenĂȘt (November 1792 to December 1793)
  2. pp. 378-396
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  1. Chapter 31. "The Path of Duty": Averting War, Maintaining Independence (December 1793 to June 1794)
  2. pp. 397-409
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  1. Chapter 32. Executive Vigor Confronts War, Rebellion, and Treaty-making (January 1794 to June 1796)
  2. pp. 410-440
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  1. Part Three: The First of Americans
  2. pp. 441-442
  1. Chapter 33. Last Farewell: Final Duty; Legacy and Character (1796 to 1799)
  2. pp. 443-470
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  1. Appendix A: Note on Further Reading and Editorial Sources
  2. pp. 471-474
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  1. Appendix B: Important Writings of Washington
  2. pp. 475-500
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 501-514
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  1. Production Noted
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781614878308
Related ISBN
9780865972773
MARC Record
OCLC
62119242
Pages
542
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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