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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A truly republican hero, Washington understood, would never seek power as an
end in itself, nor would he abuse power delegated to him. As Americans came to
see King George III as a despotic and unfeeling tyrant who had betrayed his ...
rally looked to Washington for the republican alternative, an appropriate father
figure for American "Sons of Liberty." Washington, Weems's Life makes clear,
knew that patriotic Americans expected great things of him. Weems tells us that ...
But this factional polarization — pitting Federalist defenders of the administration
and its controversial financial and foreign policies against Jeffersonian
Republican oppositionists, who feared the "consolidation" of power in an overly
Was he, as Republicans had argued in the waning months of his presidency,
Hamilton's dupe? ... was restored to its former glory even while his Federalist
friends squabbled among themselves and prepared the way for a Republican
As Washington himself insisted in his First Inaugural, "religion is the
indispensable support" of republican virtue. Conspicuously absent from Weems's
account were the charges of "infidelity" and "Jacobinism" that Federalist
politicians and ...
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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