Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition

Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition

Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition

Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition

Synopsis

This illustrated volume commemorates the life and legacy of America's Founding Father by bringing noteworthy scholars and authors together for a timely and topical consideration of Washington's enduring importance.

Excerpt

William J. Bennett

At the end of the Revolutionary War, General George Washington observed that the "Citizens of America" are now the "Lords and Proprietors" of a great continent possessed of "all the necessities and conveniences of life." the citizens find themselves, he said, in a condition of "absolute freedom and Independency." Nothing better illustrated this condition than the "happy conjuncture of times and circumstances" under which America had declared its independence and status as a sovereign nation: "The foundation of our empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition," he wrote in one of the most distinctive statements of the American Founding,

But at an Epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period; the researches of the human mind, after social happiness, have been carried to a great extent; the Treasures of knowledge, acquired through a long succession of years, by the labours of Philosophers, Sages and Legislatures . . .

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