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PostGeorge Washington (Ronald Hilton, US) (John Eipper, USA, 03/04/06 1:53 pm)
Norman Tutorow said; The grade-school adoration of George Washington has probably contributed more to the widespread ignorance of American government from 1781-178! 9 than any other single factor. I was puzzled, Daryl DeBell says: I believe RH has misunderstood Norman's allusion. I believe he was refering to the grade school education of American children, not to Washington's grade school education. We were indeed exposed endlessly to adulatory material about Washington, but upon reflection, and in the light of information aquired as as adult, I'm not sure he didn't deserve most of it. RH: I misread Norman's statement, and I agree with him that hero worsho'has made criticism uf the Founding Fathers difficult.
It is impossible to understand George Washington without reference to his half-brother Lawrence, whom he tried to emulate. Here is a brief account of their relationship:Washington?s father died in 1743, and young George grew restive under his mother's management. He proposed at one point to follow the sea, but instead divided his adolescence among the households of relatives, finding a home and a model in his half-brother Lawrence at Mount Vernon. From Lawrence, Washington learned trigonometry and surveying and cultivated a taste for ethics, novels, music, and the theater. A ranking officer in the Virginia militia, Lawrence had served with Admiral Edward Vernon ? for whom the plantation was named ? and thus imbued George with aspirations for military service. RH: Washington was embittered when the British Army refused him a commission It has been very common in history for frustrated officers to seize political power.
Plan to attend the WAIS conference on "Critical World Issues " at Stanford July 31-August 1, 2006. It will be a rare opportunity to meet other WAISers. Tell interested friends.
Ronald Hilton, Editor, 2006