This Presidents’ Day, start from the beginning with resources about our very first president, George Washington, who was born February 22, 1732.
Explore units 4 and 6 of America’s History in the Making to gain a better understanding of George Washington and his times. In unit 4, “Revolutionary Perspectives,” link to an audio clip of a radio program about Washington and learn how he came to grant his enslaved workers their freedom upon his death. Unit 6, “The New Nation,” discusses the daunting problems that Washington’s new government faced.
“The Coming of Independence,” program 4 of A Biography of America, discusses Washington’s role in securing America’s freedom from British rule. See The Second Continental Congress heading in the transcript. Program 5, “A New System of Government,” covers the earliest years of the American presidency.
The Western Tradition considers the meaning of Washington’s presidency as it contrasts with the heredity-based monarchies of Europe in program 38, “The American Republic.”
More resources for Presidents’ Day:
Primary Sources, workshop 4, “Concerning Emancipation”
A Biography of America, program 12, “Reconstruction“
A Biography of America, program 25, “Contemporary History,” the section of the transcript and video titled, Headlines of the late 20th Century (Presidents Reagan, Carter, Bush, and Clinton.)
Democracy in America, program 7, “The Modern Presidency: Tools of Power”
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