Lover of history, teacher of children, seeking humanity in America’s heroes.

The Hero They Needed

George Washington was determined to position himself in the upper echelons of Virginian society, despite a lack of pedigree and education. He amassed his fortune by marrying rich and, unlike his fellow Virginia farmers, staying out of debt. Washington was obsessed with the idea of acquiring land, and believed that the Ohio Territory was hisContinue reading “The Hero They Needed”

Precarious Beginnings

Joseph Ellis begins his biography by explaining that information about George Washington’s youth is scarce; we have very little insight into his childhood and adolescence. Not much is known about his relationships with his parents. Washington rarely mentioned is father in his writings, and was seemingly estranged from his mother in his later years. HeContinue reading “Precarious Beginnings”

His Excellency

Next up, George Washington! I know, I know, we’re going back in time–just this once! I’ll continue my journey with Joseph J. Ellis’s His Excellency. I like to think I already know a lot about Washington–both his politics and his personal life, but of course, there is always more to learn. Ellis is a renownedContinue reading “His Excellency”

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