NEH Summer Institute for Teachers
George Washington and His Legacy:
Myths, Symbols and Reality
“...His example was as edifying to all around him, as were the effects of that example lasting.”–Henry Lee
“Among the national sins of our country...is the idolatrous worship paid to the name of George Washington.” –John Adams
“It is to be lamented that great characters...are seldom without a blot.” –George Washington
George Washington Bibliography
Adler, David. George Washington: An Illustrated Biography. Holiday House, 2004.
Alden, John R. George Washington: A Biography. Louisiana Press University, 1984.
Allen, Thomas B. George Washington, Spymaster. National Geographic, 2004.
Brookhiser, Richard. Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington. The Free Press, 1996.
Burns, James MacGregor and Dunn, Susan. George Washington. Henry Hold & Co., 2003.
Cope, Kevin L. George. Washington In And As Culture. AMS Press, Inc., 2001.
Cunliffe, Marcus. George Washington: Man and Monument. New American Library, 1982.
Ellis, Joseph. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.
_____. Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams. W.W. Norton, 1993.
Ferling, John. The First of Men: The Life of George Washington. University of Tennessee Press, 1988.
Fischer, David Hackett. Washington’s Crossing. Oxford University Press, 2004.
Flexner, James Thomas. Washington: The Indispensable Man. Little, Brown, 1974.
Freeman, Douglas Southall. George Washington: A Biography. New York, 1948-1957.
Gregg, Gary and Spalding, Matthew, eds. Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition. ISI Books, 1999.
Grizzard, Frank. George Washington: A Biographical Companion. ABC.CLIO.
Henriques, Peter R. The Death of George Washington: He Died as He Lived. Mount Vernon, 2000.
Higginbotham, Don., ed. George Washington Reconsidered. University Press of Virginia, 2001.
_____. George Washington: Uniting A Nation. Rowman and Littlefield, Publishers, Inc., 2002.
Jones, Robert F. George Washington: Ordinary Man, Extraordinary Leader. Fordham University Press, 2002.
Longmore, Paul K. The Invention of George Washington. University of California Press, 1988.
Lucas, Stephen. The Quotable George Washington. Madison House, 1999.
Marling, Karal Ann. George Washington Slept Here. Harvard University Press, 1988.
Marrin, Albert. George Washington and the Founding of A Nation. Dutton, 2001.
Marshall, John. The Life of George Washington. (special edition for schools). Liberty Fund, 2000.
Martin, William. Citizen Washington: A Novel. Random House, 1999.
Morgan, Edmund S. The Genius of George Washington. Anderson House, 1980.
Morison, Samuel Eliot. The Young Man Washington. Harvard University Press, 1932.
Schanzer, Rosalyn. George vs. George: The American Revoluton As Seen From Both Sides. National Geographic, 2004.
Schwartz, Barry. George Washington: The Making of an American Symbol. The Free Press, 1987.
Smith, Richard Norton. Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation. Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
Washington, George. Writings. The Library of America, 1997.
Wecter, Dixon. The Hero in America. A Chronicle of Hero Worship. Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1941.
Weems, Mason Locke. A History of the Life and Death Virtues and Exploits of General George Washington. Grosset and Dunlap, 1927.
West, Thomas G. Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America. Roman and Littlefield, 1997.
Wiencek, Henry. An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves and the Creation of America. Farrar, Straus & Geroux, 2003.
Wills, Gary. Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment. Doubleday, 1984.
Wright, Esmond. Washington and the American Revolution. Collier, 1962.
Woodward, W. E. George Washington: The Image and the Man. Jonathan Cape, 1928.
Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States. Harper & Row, 1980.
Boorstin, Daniel. “The Search for Symbols,” in The Americans: The National Experience. Vintage Books, 1965.
Briley, Ron. “More Than Just a Slaveholder? George Washington, Adolescence, and American Culture in the 1990s” in George Washington In And As Culture, AMS Press, Inc., 2001.
Brookhiser, Richard. “A Man on Horseback,” Atlantic Monthly, January, 1996.
Cunliffe, Marcus. “The Whole Man” in George Washington: Man an Monument, New American Library, 1982.
Grizzard, Frank. “Introduction” in George Washington: A Biographical Companion. ABC.CLIO.
_____. “George Washington and Nineteenth Century Culture,” in Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century, Scribner’s, 2001.
Longmore, Paul. “The Foundations of Useful Knowledge,” in The Invention of George Washington. University of California Press, 1988.
Marshall, John. “Conclusion” in The Life of George Washington. (special edition for schools). Liberty Fund, 2000.
Spalding, Matthew. “Making Citizens” in Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition. ISI Books, 1999.
Thistlethwaite, Mark. “Washington” Crossing the Delaware, in Washington In And As Culture. AMS Press, Inc., 2001.
Trees, Andrew. “Veneration” in The Founding Fathers and the Politics of Character, Princeton University Press.
West, John G. “George Washington and the Religious Impulse” in Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition. ISI Books, 1999.
Wills, Gary. “Fame” in Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment. Doubleday, 1984.
George Washington: The Man Who Wouldn't Be King. American Experience
Imperfect God: George Washington. C-Span. October 11, 2003.
Liberty! Public Broadcasting System.
Life Portrait of George Washington. C-Span. March 15, 1999.
Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation. C-Span. February 12, 1993.
Reconsidering George Washington. Michael Pack, Public Broadcasting System
Last Updated 09/02/2009