In the Name of the Father : Washington's Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation
In this revelatory and genuinely groundbreaking study, Francois 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.
- Paperback | 335 pages
- 137.2 x 210.8 x 20.3mm | 317.52g
- 01 May 2007
- Penguin Group(CA)
- New York, NY, United Kingdom
- Illustrations, unspecified
Extraordinary . . . In the deluge of founding father books, FurstenbergAEs 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)
About Francois Furstenberg
Francois Furstenberg was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and Washington. After graduating with a BA from Columbia University, he worked for several years in Paris before pursuing his graduate studies in history at The Johns Hopkins University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2003. He was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. history at Cambridge University, England, for one year, after which he moved to Montreal, Canada, where he is an assistant professor of history at the Universite de Montreal.