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George Washington: A Collection

WB Allen

Publication Year: 2012

George Washington: A Collection is an important addition to the literature on the American Revolution. The book provides a splendid introduction to Washington and his political beliefs, to the events of the Revolution through which he lived, and to the eighteenth-century world.

—Pauline Maier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

George Washington speaks for himself on behalf of liberty and the emerging American republic in this handsome book, the only one-volume compilation in print of his vast writings.

While every American recognizes Washington as a military leader and the great symbolic figure of the early republic, many fail to appreciate the full measure of Washington's contributions to the country. In these selections, his political ideas and judgments stand out with remarkable clarity. His writings are replete with sustained, thoughtful commentary. Washington must now be acknowledged as a man of keen political insight as well as a national hero.

Drawing extensively on his correspondence, this volume also includes all of his presidential addresses, various public proclamations, his last will and testament, and the most comprehensive recompilation of the "discarded first inaugural" ever printed.

W. B. Allen is Professor of Political Philosophy and Director of the Program in Public Policy and Administration at Michigan State University.

Published by: Liberty Fund


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 5-6


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pp. 7-16


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pp. xvii-xviii


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Editor's Note

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Chapter 1

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pp. 15-48

WHEN Washington accepted the command of the Virginia militia, which was enlisted in the service of King George to prosecute...

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Chapter 2

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pp. 49-90

GEORGE WASHINGTON assumed his command in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Bunker's Hill. The first task to...

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Chapter 3

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pp. 91-170

WASHINGTON and his men nearly starved at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777- 78, yet they emerged from that trial...

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Chapter 4

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pp. 171-198

WASHINGTON had urged the notion of an American union, in the context of the Revolution, as early as 1775ยท The progress...

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Chapter 5

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pp. 199-224

VICTORY did not bring the end of Washington's troubles. The British remained in place on American soil for two years more...

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Chapter 6

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pp. 225-250

WASHINGTON's famous "Circular Letter" constitutes the centerpiece of his statesmanship, carrying directly to his countrymen...

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Chapter 7

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pp. 251-274

WASHINGTON'S transition from statesman-general to citizen-statesman occurred almost effortlessly. The year-and-a half...

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Chapter 8

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pp. 275-328

WASHINGTON returned to Mount Vernon, which was in considerable disrepair, to resume the domestic arts he had so long pined...

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Chapter 9

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pp. 329-404

WASHINGTON's replies to Bushrod Washington in 1786 distill much of his political judgment in the period of constitutional...

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Chapter 10

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pp. 405-438

In Washington's writings in this chapter he comments on the prospects for the new government in the aftermath of the ratification of the Constitution...

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Chapter 11

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pp. 439-528

TOO LONG and too radical, Washington's first draft of his first inaugural address was never delivered. Its pages scattered...

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Chapter 12

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pp. 529-562

WE principally behold Washington, in the following pages, describing the character of his country and administration in general correspondence, rather than in official acts....

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Chapter 13

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pp. 563-626

WASHINGTON'S administration of the government under the Constitution was not untroubled. During those eight years the founding itself was consummated, yet during...

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Chapter 14

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pp. 627-663

WASHINGTON confidently speaks of "the happy reward of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers" in his "Farewell Address...

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pp. 664-680

WASHINGTON lived only three years beyond his resignation from the presidency. He returned once again to a Mount Vernon fallen to a point beyond which his labors could...

Index of Recipients

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pp. 681-682

Subject Index

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pp. 683-714

E-ISBN-13: 9781614878759
E-ISBN-10: 1614878757
Print-ISBN-13: 9780865970601

Page Count: 743
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: None

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Subject Headings

  • United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1809.
  • Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Correspondence.
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