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TitleTravels with George : in search of Washington and his legacy / Nathaniel Philbrick.
AuthorPhilbrick, Nathaniel, author.
Call No973.41092 PHI
CollectionAdult Non-Fiction
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973.41092 PHI11584500002094JohnsonburgAvailable

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International Standard Book Number 9780525562177 0.00
International Standard Book Number 0525562176
Personal Name Philbrick, Nathaniel, author.
Title Statement Travels with George : in search of Washington and his legacy / Nathaniel Philbrick.
Imprint New York : Viking, [2021]
Physical Description xviii, 374 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-358) and index.
Formatted Contents Note Loomings -- Mount Vernon -- "Wreaths and chaplets of flowers" -- New York -- Dreaming of George Washington -- "Only a man" -- Turf wars -- "A child of God" -- The middle road home -- The spies of Long Island -- Newport -- Providence -- Terra incognita -- The fellowship of the past -- "Follow the yellow brick road -- "Eleven o'clock Sunday morning -- "A cat may look on a king" -- Muddy freshets -- "The devil's own roads" -- Epilogue. The view from the mountain.
Summary, Etc. "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"--
Subject-Personal Name Philbrick, Nathaniel Travel United States.
Subject-Personal Name Philbrick, Nathaniel. fast
Subject-Personal Name Washington, George, 1732-1799 Travel United States.
Subject-Personal Name Washington, George, 1732-1799. fast
Subject-Chronological Term 1700-1799 fast
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Historical reenactments United States.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Politics and government.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Travel.
Subject Added Entry - Geographical Term United States Description and travel.
Subject Added Entry - Geographical Term United States History 18th century.
Subject Added Entry - Geographical Term United States Politics and government 1789-1797.
Index Term-Genre/Form Biographies.
Index Term-Genre/Form Travel writing.
Additional Physical Form Entry Online version: Philbrick, Nathaniel. New York : Viking, 2021 Travels with George (DLC) 2020054624 9780525562184

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