Inventing George Washington
“Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder in Myth and Memory” was the February 24, 2011, Banner Lecture at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia.
Edward Lengel, editor in chief of the Papers of George Washington, explores the mythologies created to transform the first American president into a national symbol. Mr. Lengel explains that following the death of President Washington on December 14, 1799, the nation missed his leadership and crafted an idealized profile of the first president. The author explores the many depictions of George Washington since his death, both exalting and critical, and their evolution through time. He showed some slides during his presentation and afterward responded to questions from members of the audience.
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