George Washington and the Virginia Backcountry

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Warren R. Hofstra
Madison House, Jan 1, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 265 pages
Beginning his lifelong association with the Virginia backcountry in 1748 when he started surveying the sparsely populated, often perilous region, Washington's entire early career and rise to national prominence was linked to the Western frontier. Only through understanding this relationship between the man and the region can we understand Virginia's lifelong impact on the founder. This collection of essays explores the role that the geography and diverse inhabitants of this burgeoning area played in molding Washington's life, temperament, and politics. Written by authoritative Washington scholars including John E. Ferling, Don Higginbotham, Robert D. Mitchell, Dorothy Twohig, Bruce A. Ragsdale, J. Frederick Fausz, and Philander D. Chase these essays present the young leader against the complex and changing backdrop of the West. As a whole, this book offers a fine and multi-faceted analysis of the environmental factors that influenced the development of America's founder. Individually, each essay demonstrates that Washington's story and Virginia's are the same tale no where else are "place" and "personality" so closely linked."

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\Warren R. Hofstra is professor of history at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. In addition to teaching in the fields of American social and cultural history, he directs the Community History Project of Shenandoah University. He has published in the fields of social history, vernacular architecture, material culture, geography, archaeology, and economic history. Professor Hofstra's first book was A Separate Place: The Formation of Clarke County, Virgina. He is currently engaged in an extended research project on settlement, social evolution, and landscape in the early Shenandoah Valley.

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