By Paul Johnson
George Washington is by way of a ways crucial determine within the historical past of the us. opposed to all army odds, he liberated the 13 colonies from some of the best forces of the British Empire and presided over the method to supply and ratify a structure that (suitably amended) has lasted for greater than 2 hundred years. In phrases as president, he set that structure to paintings with such good fortune that, by the point he eventually retired, the USA was once good on its solution to changing into the richest and strongest kingdom in the world. regardless of his significance, Washington continues to be this present day a far off determine to many americans. earlier books approximately him are immensely lengthy, multivolume, and intricate. Paul Johnson has now produced a quick existence that offers a shiny portrait of the good guy as younger warrior, masterly commander-in-chief, sufferer structure maker, and quite clever president. He additionally indicates Washington as a farmer of bizarre ability and an entrepreneur of foresight, patriarch of a longer family members, and owner of 1 of the main appealing houses in the United States, which he principally equipped and embellished. Trenchant and unique as ever, Johnson has given us a super, sharply etched portrait of this iconic figure—both as a hero and as a guy.
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The king’s decree, if enforced, made that impossible. Moreover, it seemed to put Indians and settlers on a legal par. Unlike many colonists, Washington did not hate Indians. He always treated them with respect. But he also regarded the tribalized Indian as a savage, a word he habitually used when referring to them. He did not exactly state that, unless they detribalized themselves and mingled with the settled population (as many did), they had no future in America. But that is what he clearly thought.
Always an admirer of things English, when they were well done, Washington got ideas for the embellishment and running of his house from the Williamsburg mansion of Lord Botetourt, governor of Virginia, where he often dined. He learned from the governor 48 George Washington how to treat staff and how to conduct ceremonial interviews. The governor had twenty-five indoor staff under a remarkable English butler, William Marshman, whose pantry was superbly equipped, and is beautifully preserved. So, of course, is Mount Vernon, after many vicissitudes in the nineteenth century.
The governor had twenty-five indoor staff under a remarkable English butler, William Marshman, whose pantry was superbly equipped, and is beautifully preserved. So, of course, is Mount Vernon, after many vicissitudes in the nineteenth century. About 70 percent of its original furniture and fittings have been recovered and put in place, plus many other treasures. Martha Washington had a special tea service made and had a charming habit of presenting favored house guests, on their departure, with a cup and saucer from the set.
George Washington: The Founding Father by Paul Johnson