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The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving For Young Persons and for the Use of Schools   By: (1783-1859)

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"The Student's Life of Washington" is an informative and accessible biography written by the renowned author, Washington Irving. Condensed from his larger work, Irving skillfully presents the life of this remarkable historical figure in a concise and engaging manner, specifically tailored for young readers and the educational setting of schools.

Through his masterful storytelling, Irving allows readers to embark on a captivating journey through the life of America's first president. He starts with Washington's childhood, weaving an intricate tapestry of anecdotes and narratives that lay the foundation for understanding his development as a leader. From his early years on a tobacco plantation in Virginia to his participation in the French and Indian War, every aspect of Washington's formative experiences is carefully depicted.

The book delves into Washington's pivotal role in the American Revolution, exploring the challenges he faced as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Irving chronicles the hardships, triumphs, and the ultimate victory that Washington and his soldiers achieved against the mighty British Empire. Through evocative descriptions and meticulous attention to historical detail, readers gain a genuine understanding of the sacrifices and dedication that shaped Washington as a leader.

Irving also showcases Washington's pivotal role in the founding of the United States. From his chairmanship of the Constitutional Convention to his unanimous election as the country's first president, the author explores Washington's commitment to democracy and his willingness to relinquish power for the greater good of the nation.

One of the book's strengths lies in its ability to present the complexities of Washington's character. Irving avoids an overly idealized portrayal, depicting Washington as a flesh-and-blood individual with doubts, shortcomings, and personal struggles. By humanizing the character, this biography offers young readers the opportunity to relate to Washington on a more personal level, ultimately deepening their understanding of his legacy.

"The Student's Life of Washington" is a comprehensive and well-researched biography that serves as an excellent introduction to the life and achievements of George Washington. Washington Irving's writing style effortlessly engages readers, making the book an enjoyable and educational resource for both young individuals and classroom settings. By crafting a condensed narrative that is both informative and captivating, Irving revitalizes history, ensuring that the legacy of George Washington lives on in the minds and hearts of future generations.

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{Frontispiece: WASHINGTON AS A SURVEYOR}

History of the American Revolution .

THE STUDENT'S LIFE OF WASHINGTON; CONDENSED FROM THE LARGER WORK OF WASHINGTON IRVING.

FOR YOUNG PERSONS AND FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS.

NEW YORK: G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS, 182 FIFTH AVENUE. 1876.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870, by G. P. PUTNAM & SONS, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE.

In condensing into one compact volume Mr. Irving's elaborate Life of Washington, care has been taken to retain, not only all the important facts connected with Washington's career, but also those circumstances and incidents which may be supposed to contribute to a full estimate of his character in all its aspects. Nor have any portion of the great events connected with the era in which he filled so grand and controlling a part been unduly neglected or subordinated. The work, in its present abbreviated form, still presents a continuous and complete record of American history during the period of Washington's official life. Mr. Irving's language, as a rule, has been retained; but in cases where a variation from his sentences has been necessary, in order to secure the requisite brevity, the paragraphs are enclosed in brackets... Continue reading book >>




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