In the Name of the Father

In the Name of the Father

Washington’s Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation

Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101651049
  • 352 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


In this revelatory and genuinely groundbreaking study, François Furstenberg sheds new light on the genesis of American identity. Immersing us in the publishing culture of the early nineteenth century, he shows us how the words of George Washington and others of his generation became America?s sacred scripture and provided the foundation for a new civic culture?one whose reconciliation with slavery unleashed consequences that haunt us still. A dazzling work of scholarship from a brilliant young historian, In the Name of the Father is a major contribution to American social history.


Extraordinary . . . In the deluge of founding father books, FurstenbergÆs blend of high- brow intellectual history and popular culture studies stands out. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

A profoundly important book for anyone interested in the origins of the American Republic. (Ira Berlin, former president of the Organization of American Historians)
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