The Life of Washington: A New Edition with Primary Documents and Introduction by Peter S. Onuf
M.E. Sharpe, 1996年3月5日
Weems's Life of Washington was one of the first great bestsellers in American literature. Washington, you know is gone, wrote Mason Locke Weems to Philadelphia publisher Mathew Carey, and millions are gaping to read something about him. In responding to this market, Weems played an essential role in fabricating the image of Washington that has since dominated the American historical imagination and which, in its time, secured everlasting fame for the father of our country.
This edition includes an introduction by Peter S. Onuf and documents from Washington's career that provide valuable insight into the construction of American national identity and that throw a provocative light on the mythmaking in which Weems engaged in writing one of the most enduring biographies in American folklore.
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George Washington died at Mount Vernon on December 14, 1799, in the midst of
a sustained political crisis that threatened to destroy the fragile American union.
Countless eulogists rushed into print to memorialize the first president's life.
Conspicuously absent from Weems's account were the charges of "infidelity" and
"Jacobinism" that Federalist politicians and preachers leveled at Jefferson during
the 1 800 presidential campaign. For invidious distinctions, Weems turned ...
But for evangelical Americans of the revolutionary generation, Weems's
Washington spoke home truths, and no more compellingly than in grounding
personal success as well as the nation's "political salvation" in the acceptance of
the failure of George III as political father led inexorably to fratricidal divisions
among the children he betrayed. By the same sentimental logic, Revolutionaries
sought to overcome these dangerous divisions in a transcendent, patriotic ...
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If you have ever encountered the legendary anecdote concerning the youthful George Washington - who "could not tell a lie," and thus confessed to chopping down the cherry tree - and wondered where it ... 閱讀評論全文