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American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown, 1781-1783 (Book review)
Thomas Paine wrote a famous series of essays - begun as he marched through New Jersey during the Continental Army's retreat in 1776 - often referred to as the American Crisis. William M. Fowler Jr.`s new book echoes Paine's words to remind us that the American crisis did not end with the victory at Yorktown in 1781. In fact, the two years that followed were filled with diplomatic, political and financial crises. It is commonly accepted that the Revolution ended when Lord Cornwallis' trapped army laid down its arms in Yorktown. But Fowler shows there was nothing inevitable about American independence or stability after Cornwallis surrendered.

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (book review)
Even history buffs who have browsed through countless books about the Founding Fathers should look into "Washington: A Life by Ron" because of the quality of the writing and psychological insights revealing what motivates human beings.

The foundations of George Washington's boyhood home discovered [pics]
The foundations of George Washington`s childhood house have been discovered in Virginia, revealing half million artifacts which will help historians to fill in gaps in the story of the first U.S. president`s early life.

This Glorious Struggle: George Washington's Revolutionary War Letters
Professor Edward Lengel has created a good resource by editing some of George Washington`s 1775-1783 letters, when he served as the country`s first Commander in Chief.

Why General George Washington wept on december 4, 1783
Why did George Washington wept when he said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern? Major Benjamin Tallmadge made it seem as if Washington was saying goodbye to dear friends - but he only knew dozen people in the room.

George Washington: A Whiskey Distiller who lost almost all his battles
At George Washington`s home you`ll discover everything you knew about him is wrong, promises Dennis Pogue, who spent a decade building a replica of Washington`s still on the spot where the president built his distillery in 1797.

Slave passage found under George Washington`s home
Archaeologists unearthing the George Washington`s presidential home have discovered a hidden underground passageway, near the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

What George Washington Really Believed
Look up at the ceiling of the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol and you`ll see a pantheon of gods. On the perimeter is Minerva, with helmet and spear... And in the center is the greatest god of them all: George Washington.

Washington, Lafayette: the friendship that saved the Revolution
The historian David A. Clary's book, Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship That Saved the Revolution opens with a startling image: George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, curled up together, asleep, on a cloak spread on the ground. The commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the French aristocrat were exhausted in the aftermath of the Battle of Monmouth in July 1778. The childless Washington and the fatherless Lafayette had known each other for less than a year, but they had already a formed a close friendship.

George Washington's World - Fleshing Out a Founding Father
A decade ago, the people who run Mount Vernon noticed many of their visitors knew little more about George Washington than that he was the first president. Now visitors there will be able to learn much more about him in two new buildings. The new exhibits include a $5 million movie about his military career, a list of his slaves and the will in which he freed them, the shoe buckles he wore to his inauguration, a look at his early career as a surveyor, his bloody defeats during the French and Indian War, interactive maps showing Revolutionary War battles, his days as a spymaster and his role in the making of the Constitution.

One of George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Used as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War, the John Kane House emanates history. From George Washington's headquarters to Gov. Thomas Dewey campaigning for president, the John Kane House has seen it all. In 1778, Gen. George Washington became the Kanes' house guest. It was after the evacuation of Philadelphia and the battle of Monmouth, N.J., when he chose to position his forces in the area extending from Danbury, Conn., to Newburgh. George Washington only used the portion of the house, now dedicated to him and boasts many artifacts.

Washington's loyal horses of Revolutionary War
Blueskin and Old Nelson: Washington's loyal horses of Revolutionary War. But some say Blueskin gets more attention than he deserves, and was Blueskin at Valley Forge? ... Washington wrote a letter in August 1778, thanking Thomas Nelson Jr., who gave him the horse and for whom the animal was named. Does that mean he received the horse then or was he simply too busy for a thank-you note prior to that? "Blueskin, another fine old horse, also had honor during the war. They had heard the roaring of many a cannon in their time. Blueskin was not the favorite on account of his not standing fire so well as venerable Old Nelson."

Gen. George Washington and his battered Continental Army   (Article no longer available from the original source)
One of the worst periods in the America's history began in November 1776, when George Washington and his beaten-up Continental Army were forced from New York City into New Jersey. On Nov. 20, British General William Howe and a force of Redcoat soldiers drove Washington's troops from Fort Lee. The Continentals, an army of 3,000 to 4,000 men began a desperate retreat across Jersey. Many historians think those 3 weeks were the best chance the British had to end the Colonial rebellion.

George Washington, His Slaves and the Creation of America
In his revisionist new book about Washington, Mr. Wiencek examines the first president's own dawning comprehension of what slavery entailed. And the process of fathoming Washington's moral evolution is not a simple one. And as a leader of soldiers, he was acutely aware of the importance of black soldiers even as he waffled over the question of their eventual freedom. "George Washington won the Revolutionary War with an army that was more integrated than any military force until the Vietnam War." His book offers evidence that the role of black soldiers under Washington's command was under-reported simply because it was taken for granted.