By Stephen Brumwell
Winner of the celebrated George Washington e-book Prize, George Washington is a bright recounting of the early life and armed forces occupation of "The Father of his Country," following his trip from brutal border skirmishes with the French and their local American allies to his outstanding victory over the British Empire, an success that underpinned his choice because the first president of the us of the United States. The e-book makes a speciality of an aspect of Washington that's frequently missed: the feisty younger frontier officer and the early occupation of the cruel forty-something commander of the revolutionaries' ragtag Continental Army.
Award-winning historian Stephen Brumwell exhibits how, satirically, Washington's reliance upon English types of "gentlemanly" behavior, and on British army association, used to be the most important in developing his management of the fledgling Continental military, and in forging it into the weapon that secured American independence. Drawing on a variety of resources, together with unique archival examine, Brumwell brings a clean new viewpoint in this remarkable person, whose fusion of gentleman and warrior left an indelible imprint on heritage.
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With that assistance I cannot fail. Trusting in Him, who can go with me, and remain with you and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell. On February 18, Jefferson Davis took his oath of office on the steps of the state capitol at Montgomery, then addressed the big, festive crowd. Our present political position has been achieved in a manner unprecedented in the history of nations.
Persuaded that the Constitution forbade presidential action against slavery where it already existed, Lincoln was nonetheless pledged to halt its further spread. “On that point,” he told his supporters, “hold firm, as with a chain of steel. ” South Carolina warned that she would secede from the Union if a President so pledged were elected. Douglas conducted a strenuous stump campaign—the first in presidential history—while his rivals remained discreetly silent, but his party was hopelessly divided.
But the Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things. And it is very necessary, if you’re going to understand the American character in the twentieth century, to learn about this enormous catastrophe of the nineteenth century. It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads: the suffering, the enormous tragedy of the whole thing. Like so many others, we were drawn to that crossroads: brought back to the words and images those who lived through it left behind, to the mire of questions and myths, to the brutality and heroism of the four-year struggle that defines us as a people.
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