Inventing George Washington : America's Founder, in Myth and Memory (Hardcover) - Lengel, Edward G.

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This entertaining and erudite history offers a fresh look at Americas first Founding Father, the creation of his legend, and what it means for our nation and ourselves. Washingtons death in 1799 dealt a blow to public morale. For three decades, Americans had depended on his leadership. Now, they desperately needed to believe that Washington would continue to be there for them--thus began his immortalization. Historian Lengel shows how the late president and war hero continued to serve his nation on twolevels: the public Washington evolved into a symbol as Father of His Country, while the private man remained always just out of reach. As Lengel shows, the contrasting urges to deify Washington and to understand him as a man have produced tensions in every generation. As some exalted him, others sought to bring him down to earth, creating a series of competing mythologies that depicted Washington as every sort of human being imaginable.--From publisher description. *Author: Lengel, Edward G. *Subtitle: Americas Founder, in Myth and Memory *Publication Date: 2011/01/18 *Number of Pages: 249 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.50

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780061662584
SKU 216380075
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0061662585
Release Date 1/18/2011
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 1T
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Editors Note Explains how, in the wake of George Washington's death, some Americans sought to deify him, while others wanted to discover the true man behind the myth, laying out a tense struggle for the founding father's soul, one that has played out for generations and deeply affected American history. By the author of This Glorious Struggle. 20,000 first printing.
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