Author: Albert Marrin
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; Paperback
Ages: Young Adult
George Washington was a man who fascinated contemporaries, son of a Virginian family of modest means, almost entirely self-educated, ambitious for both material wealth and the high regard of others, Washington would rise through diligent application of his abilities to become the first general to win a modern revolutionary war, the first president of the United States, "the first in the hearts of his countrymen." Albert Marrin has written a highly readable, fast-paced account of the life and times of this man who would put to rest his compatriots' fear of monarchy and forge a unity among the fractious American states--at least for awhile. For, as Marrin takes pains to show, Washington knew firsthand both the economics of slave owning and the contradictions it posed for the new republic. Toward the end of his life, after two terms as president, he pronounced the future, "I can clearly foresee that nothing but rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union."
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