George Washington was the 1st President of the United States and one of the Founding Fathers, making him undoubtedly one of the greatest figures in American history. He took part in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776 and was appointed Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, which he organized and led to victory against the British troops. This secured the independence of the United States of America, and Washington was unanimously selected to lead the new nation. His presidency saw the beginnings of the conquest of the West, the establishment of a new Constitution and a phase of major economic and commercial expansion.
This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the key moments in Washington’s political career, including the American War of Independence, the founding of the country’s first national bank and the conquest of Native American land. It also features a full biography, a valuable introduction to the political, social and economic context and an evaluation of the impact of his presidency, giving you all the essential information about this crucial figure of US history.
About George Washington
George Washington was born in 1732 in Westmoreland County in the state of Virginia, which at that time was a British colony. He went on to become one of the leaders in the fight against British colonialism and an influential military leader, before being elected president of the newly independent United States of America. He established many precedents which remained in force for centuries to come, including the selection of the cabinet by the president himself, the limitation of the presidency to two terms and the clearly defined role of Congress.
This clear and accessible 44-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to George Washington
- Biography of George Washington
- Political career
- Political, social and economic context
- The British colonies and their inhabitants
- French and Indian War
- The Declaration and War of Independence
- The birth of a nation
- A unanimously chosen president
- A federalist policy
- Expanding borders
- International relations
- Impact of Washington’s career
- The American Civil War and the conquest of the West
- A solid constitution
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