George Washington’s Political Genius with David O. Stewart | BRI Scholar Talks
George Washington spent a lifetime mastering politics before he was unanimously elected the nation’s first president. In this Scholar Talk video, Tony Williams and distinguished bestselling historian David O. Stewart discuss Stewart's new book, "George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father," and how George Washington demonstrated political genius in helping create the American republic. How did Washington grow from a brash and impatient young man to exercise the civic virtues of restraint and moderation? What are some of the lessons we can still learn from America's first Commander in Chief?
George Washington and Self-Governance
This lesson provides a look at the virtue of self-governance through the life of George Washington. Self-governance is defined as being self-controlled, avoiding extremes, and not being excessively influenced or controlled by others. This lesson explores how George Washington’s self-governance influenced the early republic and how it influences what we value in both citizens and leaders.
George Washington’s Farewell Address and First Inaugural Address | A Primary Source Close Read w/BRI
Kicking off our summer Close Reading series, BRI staff Kirk and Tony explore two of George Washington's most famous works, his Farewell Address and his First Inaugural Address, to understand what qualities made Washington a great leader. What underlying principles informed Washington's actions? And how did he see his role in charting the future of a nation?
Reading Excerpts from George Washington’s Diary (1753-1754) | A Primary Source Close Read w/ BRI
BRI Senior Teaching Fellow Tony Williams sits down with historian and author Stephen F. Knott to talk about the fascinating excerpts from George Washington’s Diaries in our new digital history textbook, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Knott and Williams examine the text of Washington’s Diaries from 1753-1754 in which the young Virginian engaged in a key colonial diplomatic mission to the French Empire. They also explore the context of the larger imperial struggle involving the French, British, colonists, and Native Americans in North America during the mid-eighteenth century.
Under My Vine and Fig Tree: George Washington’s Resignation and Integrity
In this lesson, students will learn about the presidency of George Washington and how it was shaped by integrity. Through this example, students will learn how they can pursue integrity in their own lives.