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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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    George Washington's Eye

    Joseph Manca talked about his book, George Washington’s Eye: Landscape, Architecture and Design at Mount Vernon, in which he talks about how the grounds and architecture at Mount Vernon, his Virginia home, reflect the…

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    Mount Vernon's Slave Quarters

    Dennis Pogue and Susan Schoelwer gave a tour of newly re-interpreted slave quarters at George Washington’s Mount Vernon that show a more historically accurate and nuanced depiction of slave…

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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…

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    Intellectual George Washington

    George Washington University’s Denver Brunsman talked about George Washington as an intellectual. George Washington’s lack of a university education bothered him his entire life. His peers John…

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    The Evolving Role of the First Lady

    Participants spoke about the role of the first lady and how it had evolved as the nation changed during various eras. Among the topics addressed were the differing causes and projects undertaken by first ladies, their…

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