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George Washington Prize Finalists 2019

Rush was a visionary writer and reformer, confidant to John Adams, Washington's surgeon general, and opponent of slavery and prejudice - and yet a lesser-known Founding Father. 

Excerpted from the George Washington Book Prize finalist Rush: Revolution, M Read more >>

Ambitious, temperamental, and passionate, George Washington learned the skills in the French & Indian War that laid the groundwork for the great leader that he would one day become.

Excerpted from the George Washington Book Prize finalist Young Washington: H Read more >>

The American War for Independence was part of an international trend -- a new focus on the individual led people to new insights, new proclamations and new assertions of rights.

Excerpted from the George Washington Book Prize finalist Revolution Song: A Read more >>

Largely overlooked in histories of the Revolution, the Battle of the Chesapeake is in fact one of the most important naval engagements in history, leading to the American victory at Yorktown.

Excerpted from the George Washington Book Prize finalist In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown Read more >>

While Arnold is a villain in the eyes of most Americans, he was considered the most brilliant officer on either side of the Revolutionary War. Why would he commit a crime so inexcusable?

Excerpted from the George Washington Book Prize finalist The Tragedy of Bene Read more >>

Jefferson had children with his wife, Martha, and with his mistress and slave, Sally Hemings, but these children lived very different lives.

Excerpted from the George Washington Book Prize finalist Jefferson's Daughters: Read more >>

Native American peoples and the lands they possessed loomed large for Washington, from his first trips westward as a surveyor to his years as President.

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