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First in peace : George Washington, the Constitution, and the presidency
Rosenburg, John M.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, 1998.
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256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A biography of the first president of the newly formed United States, George Washington, from his involvement in the Constitutional Convention in 1787, through his two terms as president, up to his death in 1799.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.1 8.0 28988.
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E312 .R66 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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From his heroics in the Revolutionary War to his role in the Constitutional Convention and his unanimous election to two terms as president, there is no questioning George Washington's importance to the birth of our nation. Using primary source material including Washington's own journals and writings, John Rosenburg rounds out his biographical trilogy of Washington's life by bringing the period to life and underscoring the emotion and gravity of the time. As in the previous books, Washington emerges as a person as well as the hero that he truly was.

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Gr 7 Up-This third and final installment of a trilogy traces the emergence of the U.S. as a nation while focusing on George Washington's role in this process. Rosenburg opens the book with Washington's resignation as commander in chief of the Continental Army and goes on to outline significant events such as the Constitutional Convention, the Whiskey Rebellion, and debates concerning controversial issues like slavery and taxation. The author's straightforward, factual narrative contains a painstaking amount of detail sprinkled with dialogue and primary-source material. Unfortunately, the detail becomes tedious at times and bogs down the story. Approximately 100 pages are devoted to the Constitutional Convention. Readers may be disappointed by the lack of personal information about Washington and the abundance of political description. However, Rosenburg does successfully convey a sense of urgency on Washington's part as he is faced with the unique and precarious situation of being the nation's first president. Ultimately, this historical account delivers a fairly engaging tale of the birth of our nation with an emphasis on its first leader. Archival reproductions, a chronology, and a bibliography round out this "novel based on fact."-Laura Glaser, Euless Junior High School, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.