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The Virginia dynasty : four presidents and the creation of the American nation / Lynne Cheney.

Cheney, Lynne V., (author.).

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  • 3 of 4 copies available at Lackawanna County Library System.

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  Donated to the Scranton Public Library in memory of James D. Hill.
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  • ISBN: 9781101980040
  • ISBN: 1101980044
  • Physical Description: 437 pages ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: [New York] : Viking, [2020]

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-422) and index.
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Prologue -- The warriors: from triumph to catastrophe -- River crossing: victory hard won -- The intellectuals: poetry and prose -- Untrodden ground: a nation wholly new -- Schism: breaking the bonds of attachment -- Interregnum: the President from Braintree -- The spirit of '76: the Virginians return -- Securing independence: war under the Constitution -- Dynasty's end: gathering storm clouds -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
From a small expanse of land on the North American continent came four of the nation's first five presidents - a geographic dynasty whose members led a revolution, created a nation, and ultimately changed the world. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe were born, grew to manhood, and made their homes within a sixty-mile circle east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Friends and rivals, they led in securing independence, hammering out the United States Constitution, and building a working republic. Acting together, they doubled the territory of the United States. From their disputes came American political parties and the weaponizing of newspapers, the media of the day. Focusing on the intersecting roles these men played as warriors, intellectuals, and statesmen, Cheney takes us back to an exhilarating time when the Enlightenment opened new vistas for humankind. But even as the Virginians advanced liberty, equality, and human possibility, they held people in slavery and were slaveholders when they died. Lives built on slavery were incompatible with a free and just society; their actions contradicted the very ideals they espoused. They managed nonetheless to pass down those ideals, which became powerful weapons for ending slavery. They inspired Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass and today undergird the freest nation on earth.
Subject: Presidents > United States > Biography.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Madison, James, 1751-1836.
Monroe, James, 1758-1831.
Statesmen > Virginia > Biography.
Founding Fathers of the United States > Biography.
United States > Politics and government > 1783-1865.
Genre: Biographies.
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