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  • 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…

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  • emThe Widow Washingtonem
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    The Widow Washington

    Martha Saxton, history and women’s studies professor at Amherst College, recalled the life of George Washington’s mother, Mary Ball Washington. Professor Saxton is the author of The Widow…

    555 views
  • George Washingtons Character
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    George Washington's Character

    Gene Allen Smith, a Texas Christian University history professor, taught a class about George Washington’s character. He examined how the first president interacted with his contemporaries,…

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  • 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…

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  • Archaeology at George Washingtons Alexandria Property
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    Archaeology at George Washington's Alexandria Property

    In addition to his Mount Vernon estate along the Potomac river, George Washington owned a townhouse in the heart of nearby Alexandria, Virginia. The current owner, Rick Garcia, talked about his…

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  • George Washington and Designing the Capital City
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    George Washington and Designing the Capital City

    Matthew Costello reached back to 1790s politics to explain George Washington’s vision for the capital city later named for him. Washington’s influence extended not only to the city’s design, but…

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  • George Washington and Alexander Hamilton
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    George Washington and Alexander Hamilton

    Historian Peter Henriques talked about the relationship between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. He discussed why their collaboration was an important factor in founding the nation,…

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  • emYoung Washingtonem
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    Young Washington

    Peter Stark recounted the early life and military career of George Washington.

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  • George Washingtons View
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    George Washington's View

    The leadership of George Washington’s Mount Vernon took the rare step of holding a press conference in hopes of preventing the building of a natural gas compressor station within sight of the first…

    208 views
  • White House Architect James Hoban
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    White House Architect James Hoban

    Two Dublin architects talked about the Irish-born James Hoban, who worked with George Washington to design the president’s house. They discussed Hoban’s architectural influences and how…

    363 views
  • George Washingtons Faith
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    George Washington's Faith

    Historian Peter Lillback talked about his book, George Washington’s Sacred Fire. He argued that while many historians consider Washington to be a deist or only a nominal Christian, he was,…

    704 views
  • Mary Ball Washington and Jane Spurgin
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    Mary Ball Washington and Jane Spurgin

    George Washington’s Mount Vernon hosted the annual Martha Washington Lecture, which highlights new thinking about her life and times. This year, the focus was on two 18th century women. Amherst College…

    460 views
  • Mount Vernon President Interview
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    Mount Vernon President Interview

    Mount Vernon President and CEO Doug Bradburn, on the eve of a White House state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron, provided historical insight into the private dinner and the special…

    335 views
  • George Washington and Native Americans
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    George Washington and Native Americans

    Colin Calloway - author of The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation - talked about Washington and his relationship with…

    961 views
  • 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…

    396 views
  • George Washington and the Early Presidency
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    George Washington and the Early Presidency

    Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith discussed how George Washington’s vision for the American Republic shaped the role of president. Mr. Smith then talked about Founding Fathers…

    743 views
  • Senator Peters Reading Washingtons Farewell Address
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    Senator Peters Reading Washington's Farewell Address

    Senator Gary Peters (D-MII) delivered the reading of George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address. The annual event began on the former president’s birthday in 1896, with the two political…

    362 views
  • Washington and the Fight for Philadelphia
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    Washington and the Fight for Philadelphia

    Richard Brookhiser addressed the question before George Washington in 1777: Could the British subdue the American rebels by capturing their capital, Philadelphia? It was Washington’s…

    679 views
  • George Washingtons Cambridge Headquarters
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    George Washington's Cambridge Headquarters

    Revolutionary War historian J.L. Bell described George Washington’s first months as Continental Army commander-in-chief. Washington arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in July 1775 and made the…

    460 views
  • George Washington and Architectural Trends
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    George Washington and Architectural Trends

    Thomas Reinhart talked about the architectural trends that influenced the design of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. Mr. Reinhart is director of architecture at Washington’s…

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