A Great and Good Man presents a lively collection of contemporary letters, poems, addresses and newspaper reports that demonstrate the remarkable esteem in which Washington was held. Washington would become, after his death, a true symbol of the American republic. This selection of materials, many reprinted for the first time since the eighteenth century, shows that in his life Washington had already become the Father of his country and was acclaimed for his sense of honor, his heroism, and his wisdom. The editors of A Great and Good Man have set the context for their carefully selected documents with insightful introductions; and their thorough index greatly enhances the accessibility of the material presented.
John P. Kaminski is the director of The Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written and spoken widely on the Constitution and is past president of The Association for Documentary Editing. Kaminski is the editor of many works, including The Quotable Jefferson, Citizen Paine, and The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. He lives in Middleton, Wisconsin. Jill Adair McCaughan received her B.A. in history and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in communications from Ohio State University. She teaches communication and English courses and lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Preface Foreword Introduction Chapter 1: The Legacy: General Washington's Parting Advice Chapter 2: Retirement Abandoned: The Constitutional Convention Chapter 3: Answering the Call: The Election of a President Chapter 4: Meeting the People: Presidential Tours Chapter 5: The Second Retirement