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  • George Washingtons Literary Life
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    George Washington's Literary Life

    Author Kevin Hayes discussed George Washington’s love of reading and how it influenced his thinking on everything from military matters to gardening and religion. Washington was considered by many of…

    227 views
  • emNever Caughtem
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    Never Caught

    Professor Erica Armstrong Dunbar talked about her book Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, in which she recounts the life of Ona Judge, a…

    2,338 views
  • George Washington and Sportsmanship
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    George Washington and Sportsmanship

    Philip Smucker, a fifth great-grandnephew of George Washington, talked about his book, Riding with George: Sportsmanship and Chivalry in the Making of America’s First President. Mr. Smucker…

    552 views
  • George Washingtons Distillery
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    George Washington's Distillery

    An authentic working replica of George Washington’s distillery and gristmill were reconstructed on the original foundations at Mount Vernon. Whiskey and other spirits are made there as it was…

    1,061 views
  • George Washington in the South
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    George Washington in the South

    Author Warren Bingham talked about his book, George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour. He spoke about the newly elected president’s three-month trip to southern states intended to unify the…

    771 views
  • Nathaniel Philbrick Discusses emValiant Ambitionem
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    Valiant Ambition

    Nathaniel Philbrick talked about his book Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, in which he examines the relationship between…

    1,885 views
  • George Washington and the First Congress
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    George Washington and the First Congress

    Fergus Bordewich talked about his book, The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government. Mr. Bordewich read passages from…

    941 views
  • George Washington and His Books
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    George Washington and His Books

    Adrienne Harrison talked about her book, A Powerful Mind: The Self-Education of George Washington. She spoke about the George Washington she discovered through the books he read and…

    934 views
  • emFirst Entrepreneurem
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    First Entrepreneur

    Edward Lengel talked about his book First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His - and the Nation’s - Prosperity, in which he examines George Washington’s financial papers and reports on…

    733 views
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    The Washingtons

    Flora Fraser talked about her book, The Washingtons: George and Martha, "Join’d by Friendship, Crown’d by Love", in which she examines the public and private relationship between George and…

    926 views
  • Richard Norton Smith on First Ladies as Political Partners
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    First Ladies as Political Partners

    Richard Norton Smith spoke about the role of U.S. first ladies as political partners to their husbands. He was interviewed by Susan Swain. They also discussed their book First Ladies: Presidential Historians on…

    637 views
  • White House and the Presidency
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    White House and the Presidency

    Paul Brandus talked about his book Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency - 21 Presidents, 21 Rooms, 21 Inside Stories, in which he explains how presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama…

    688 views
  • Victory with No Name
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    Victory with No Name

    Professor Colin Calloway talked about the significance of the 1791 Native American defeat of the U.S. Army over disputed Ohio territory.

    404 views
  • Award Ceremony for emHamiltonem
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    Award Ceremony for Hamilton

    Lin-Manuel Miranda was presented with a Special Achievement Award from the board of the George Washington Book Prize. Mr. Miranda is the playwright, lyricist, composer, and star of the Broadway musical…

    4,699 views
  • Discussion on George Washington and the 1787 Constitutional Convention
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    George Washington and the 1787 Constitutional Convention

    Edward Larson talked about George Washington’s role in the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Washington agreed to participate as the delegate from Virginia and was then voted to preside over the convention. The…

    1,511 views
  • Discussion on Amateur Depictions of George Washington
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    Amateur Depictions of George Washington

    Wendy Wick Reaves talked about how George Washington’s contemporaries depicted him in amateur sketches and drawings, including lesser-known images of George Washington that circulated…

    447 views
  • Discussion on the Presidential Portraits of George Washington
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    George Washington Portraits

    Hugh Howard talked about presidential portraits of George Washington and what audiences can learn about America’s first president from these depictions. He talked about the work of Gilbert…

    467 views
  • Discussion on George Washington and the American Frontier
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    George Washington and the West

    Edward Larson talked about George Washington’s journey to inspect his western Virginia landholdings during his retirement, and how it contributed to his interest in western expansion and inspired his efforts to…

    972 views
  • Discussion on the Election of 1796
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    Election of 1796

    Jeffrey Pasley talked about the creation of American political parties, the issues they disagreed on, and the media wars they waged in 18th century newspapers. The election of 1796 was the…

    722 views
  • George Washingtons New Room Restoration
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    George Washington's New Room Restoration

    Historians and curators at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate talked about George Washington’s “New Room,” which, after 14 months, six hundred thousand dollars, and extensive scientific and…

    841 views
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