Event — Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Ford Evening Book Talk: T. H. Breen

Where: David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall, Fred W. Smith National Library

3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 7:00 pm

Details: Mount Vernon welcomes author and historian T. H. Breen to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall at The Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his new book George Washington’s Journey: The President Forges a New Nation, on January 20, 2016.

This is George Washington in the surprising role of political strategist. T.H. Breen introduces us to a George Washington we rarely meet. During his first term as president, he decided that the only way to fulfill the Revolution was to take the new federal government directly to the people. He organized an extraordinary journey carrying him to all thirteen states. It transformed American political culture. For Washington, the stakes were high. If the nation fragmented, as it had almost done after the war, it could never become the strong, independent nation for which he had fought. In scores of communities, he communicated a powerful and enduring message—that America was now a nation, not a loose collection of states. And the people responded to his invitation in ways that he could never have predicted.

Cost: Free

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