May 19.

Stefan Molyneux

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The Truth About George Washington

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George Washington was unanimously elected as the first president of the United States of America after winning the American Revolutionary War as the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army.

Washington was first called “Father of his Country” three years after the beginning of the Revolutionary War – a status he earned not only for his military accomplishments, but also because of the numerous virtues he was perceived to possess as a human being.

But within Washington’s impeccable character, one quality stood out the most – a unique immunity to the corrupting effects of power, which stemmed from his selfless nature. “I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power,” stated Robert Frost, “America’s great poet-philosopher.”

After overthrowing the tyranny of the British Empire, Americans were unwilling to trust anyone with the power of a central government, yet in George Washington they saw a man who had transcended human fallibility. “Had he lived in the days of idolatry,” the Pennsylvania Journal noted in 1777, Washington would have been “worshipped as a god.”

How could such a man ever abuse his power, let alone become a tyrant? Furthermore, if men like Washington exist and can be elected into power, perhaps the United States government would never follow in the footsteps of the hated British Empire.

Does the mortal George Washington live up to his immortal legend? What is the Truth About George Washington?

Key Sources

http://www.amazon.com/Washington-A-Life-Ron-Chernow/dp/0143119966

http://www.amazon.com/The-Ascent-George-Washington-Political/dp/B005DI92HG

http://founders.archives.gov/search/Project%3A%22Washington%20Papers%22

http://www.amazon.com/Almanac-American-Military-History-volumes/dp/1598845306

Introduction

http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/poetry-and-power-robert-frosts-inaugural-reading

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=MlNWU1e9ppUC&pg=PA70

Augustine Washington

https://archive.org/details/lifegeorgewashi30irvigoog

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=21506

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=21507

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustine_Washington

http://www.amazon.com/The-Life-George-Washington-Volume/dp/0554317443

Mary Ball Washington

http://www.mountvernon.org/research-collections/digital-encyclopedia/article/ball-family

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2870

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hewes-54

http://maryballwash.umwblogs.org/her-early-life

https://archive.org/details/marymarthamother01loss

Father

http://www.mountvernon.org/research-collections/digital-encyclopedia/article/cherry-tree-myth

Single Mother

http://maryballwash.umwblogs.org/ferry-farm

Lawrence Washington

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_Jenkins%27_Ear

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Washington_%281718%E2%80%931752%29#Military_career

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidewater_region

The Fairfax Family

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohio_Company

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=s3PTediy5mkC&pg=PA123

http://arts.monash.edu.au/publications/eras/edition-12/articles/sykora.pdf

http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1994/spring/george-washington-3.html

Seven Years War

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Dinwiddie

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=2ao-AAAAYAAJ&pg=PA9

Assassin

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-01-02-0053

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=i2OWAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA51

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-01-02-0031

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Dwbhn9R5M8MC&pg=PA42

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=RioTGCygpT8C&pg=PA351

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/01-01-02-0004-0002

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=i2OWAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA114

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Dwbhn9R5M8MC&pg=PA44

http://www.forgottenbooks.com/readbook_text/Journal_of_Colonel_George_Washington_Commanding_a_Detachment_of_1000496198/37

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-01-02-0056

Siege of Fort Necessity

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fort_Necessity#Fort_Necessity

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Regiment

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Mackay_%28soldier%29

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-01-02-0066

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=TO2mx314ST0C&pg=PA149

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-01-02-0076-0003

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-01-02-0076-0004

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=lifQ0G0m9WwC&pg=PA24

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-01-02-0176

Braddock Expedition

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/04-05-02-0463-0002

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-01-02-0169

Back in the Army

http://www.amazon.com/Bulletproof-George-Washington-Charles-Barton/dp/0925279145

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=9J9WAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA750

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-01-02-0184

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=dBY_AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA159

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mgw2&fileName=gwpage001.db&recNum=97

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-02-02-0099

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-04-02-0260

https://archive.org/details/georgewashington010677mbp

http://www.forgottenbooks.com/readbook_text/George_Washington_Man_and_Monument_1000623589/67

Forbes Expedition

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Forbes_%28British_Army_officer%29

Love Life

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-06-02-0013

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/06-02-02-0204

http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/education/life/life4.html

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=AvPNAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA462

The Politician

http://www.newrivernotes.com/topical_books_1892_virginia_washingtontohouseofburgess.htm

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-09-02-0091

Commander-in-Chief

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/timeline/amrev/britref/dndridge.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobacco_in_the_American_Colonies#American_Revolution

http://archive.tobacco.org/History/colonialtobacco.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Act

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_Act

http://www.jstor.org/stable/2210989

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battles_of_Lexington_and_Concord

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/timeline/amrev/shots/fair.html

http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/commission.html

http://www.forgottenbooks.com/readbook_text/The_Administration_of_the_American_Revolutionary_Army_v10_1000387834/19

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=IuQHciwgYzUC&pg=PA39

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/03-01-02-0003

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/03-13-02-0281

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=kKpIGzLLo0YC&pg=PA259

http://georgewashington.si.edu/portrait/dress.html

http://www.mountvernon.org/research-collections/digital-encyclopedia/article/appointment-as-commander-in-chief

New York

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Boston

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortification_of_Dorchester_Heights

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Howe,_5th_Viscount_Howe

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/03-03-02-0429

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Long_Island

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/03-06-02-0203

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/03-06-02-0341

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_rage_and_narcissistic_injury

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fort_Washington

Hope

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Trenton

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Princeton

http://www.britishbattles.com/battle-princeton.htm

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=JrN95xjXKC0C&pg=PA85

Despair

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Brandywine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Gates

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battles_of_Saratoga

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/03-11-02-0448

Political Battle

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/03-13-02-0126

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/03-11-02-0121

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/06-05-02-0187

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=gfAlAAAAQBAJ&pg=PA146

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-02-02-5755

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=lyjjEsqlqo0C&pg=PA282

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/03-13-02-0499

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=wTOXSRg8jD4C&pg=PA206

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-02-02-5768

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Monmouth

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=9xZ_uM2qHyYC&pg=PA222

https://archive.org/stream/leepapers01leegoog#page/n443/mode/2up

Victory

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/myths-of-the-american-revolution-10941835/?all

http://www.mountvernon.org/research-collections/digital-encyclopedia/article/grand-strategy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Clinton_%28American_War_of_Independence%29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Chesapeake

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=o6NoAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA302

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Yorktown

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/99-01-02-07335

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/04-06-02-0376

Descend to Ascend

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucius_Quinctius_Cincinnatus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_of_the_Cincinnati

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/04-02-02-0140

http://www.amazon.com/Cincinnatus-Washington-Enlightenment-Garry-Wills/dp/0385175620

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/99-01-02-11404

Newburgh Conspiracy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_American_currency#Continental_currency

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=CoYGUxrekbwC&pg=PA41

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/03-20-02-0157

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congress_of_the_Confederation#Events

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Hamilton/01-02-02-0838

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/99-01-02-10638

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Hamilton/01-03-02-0202

http://www.jstor.org/stable/1918650

http://www.bostonreview.net/hogeland-inventing-alexander-hamilton

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/99-01-02-10840

President

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=jUi75bT4KsMC&pg=PA17

Presidency

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/04-06-02-0174

Slavery

http://www.jstor.org/stable/20093821

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=vBZiU_tmRmgC&pg=PA317

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_and_slavery#Presidency

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/16/opinion/george-washington-slave-catcher.html?_r=0

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/05-08-02-0062

http://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/slavery/ten-facts-about-washington-slavery

First Bank of the United States

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Residence_Act

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/04-04-02-0428

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_Bill_of_1791

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=TR31VE5FHE4C&pg=PA136

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/04/16/111977/commentary-our-founding-fathers.html

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=eZ1WoTTyQ30C&pg=PA191

http://mises.org/sites/default/files/History%20of%20Money%20and%20Banking%20in%20the%20United%20States%20The%20Colonial%20Era%20to%20World%20War%20II_2.pdf

http://www.amazon.com/History-Money-Banking-United-States/dp/0945466331

http://newfoundpress.utk.edu//pubs/ferling/chp16.pdf

Whiskey Rebellion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiskey_Rebellion

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/05-08-02-0251

http://history.house.gov/HistoricalHighlight/Detail/35785

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Hamilton/01-17-02-0013

http://www.mountvernon.org/research-collections/digital-encyclopedia/article/spurious-quotations

Resigning Power

http://www.amazon.com/Myths-Men-Patrick-Washington-Jefferson/dp/0820336947

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