01 – George Washington



 Washington’s life from 1732 to 1764  Washington’s life from 1764 to 1789  The life of Alexander Hamilton leading up to the Constitutional Convention (c. 1755-1787)
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 The beginning of Washington’s administration and the establishment of the federal executive (1789)  Washington’s choices for his first Cabinet and the state of the executive departments (1789)  Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789 (1789)
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 Hamilton sends his First Report on the Public Credit to Congress, and partisan division ensues (1790)  The First Congress debates Hamilton’s Assumption Plan as well as the location of the new capital (1790)  The failures of the Harmar and St. Clair campaigns to force Native Americans in the Northwest Territory to submit to government demands (1789-1792)
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 The establishment of the federal district on the Potomac, the move of the federal government to the temporary capital of Philadelphia, and the debate over the Bank of the United States (1789-1791)  The rumblings of factionalism and sectionalism in the federal government, the growing divide between Jefferson and Hamilton, and the National Gazette is established (1789-1791)  The administration copes with the Anglo-American trade imbalance, the French revolution, Spanish plots in the lands west of the Appalachians, and the Haitian Revolution (1789-1792)
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 Washington and Knox reorganize the US Army and Gen. Anthony Wayne is chosen to take command following St. Clair’s defeat while James Wilkinson makes a ‘Hail Mary’ run at glory (1792-1793)  The development of the institution of slavery by European settlers in what would become the United States during colonial times through Washington’s first term of office (1490s-1792)  The Panic of 1792 threatens the future of the nation while Washington has to determine whether to run for reelection and Hamilton’s affair with Maria Reynolds takes an interesting turn (1792)
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 Pierre Charles L’Enfant designs the new federal capital while proving irksome to many in the government while Hamilton’s affair with Maria Reynolds threatens to be made public knowledge and a reluctant Washington takes his second oath of office (1791-1793)  France and Britain are at war, and the Washington administration is desperately attempting to maintain a neutral course to avoid getting drawn into a war that the US could ill afford. Unfortunately, the new French minister is going to do all he can to complicate matters. (1791-1793)  Problems with the new French minister fuel an increase in party agitations and coincide with Washington’s personal issues and Hamilton and Jefferson announcing their intentions to leave the Cabinet (1793)
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 Washington returns to Philadelphia to deal with his quarrelsome Cabinet, the intrigues of the French minister, and “that rascal Freneau” while working to preserve neutrality without offending Britain or France in the process (1793)  The administration struggles to deal with an epidemic of yellow fever as it makes its way through the city of Philadelphia, and the crisis brings up questions about how best to utilize medical knowledge to the public good and the ability and role of the government in a crisis management situation. (1786-1793)  New headaches abound for Washington due to agitations both at home and abroad as 1793 draws to a close while his Cabinet undergoes a change of the guard and the president begins to plan for his post-presidency behind the scenes. (1791-1794)
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Washington and his Cabinet adjust to a new member in their ranks as the Whiskey Rebellion heats up in western PA, Hamilton defends himself against ethics charges, and Gen. Anthony Wayne prepares for battle (1792-1794) The life of Edmund Randolph, the first Attorney General and second Secretary of State, leading up to his joining the Washington administration (1753-1789) The British threaten American shipping interests in the West Indies, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne and the Legion begins marching north to engage native forces in battle, and Washington prepares to lead troops into western Pennsylvania to take down the Whiskey Rebellion. (1792-1794)
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The life and legacy of Martha Washington, the first First Lady, as explored both in narrative and in an interview with historian Feather Schwartz Foster (1731-1802)  Gen. Wayne and the Legion wrap up their campaign, two envoys are appointed to seek peace in Europe, and Washington and Hamilton organize military forces and head west to put an end to the Whiskey Rebellion (1793-1794) Washington and Hamilton lead troops through western Pennsylvania to put down the Whiskey Rebellion while James Monroe heads to Paris as the new US Minister and immediately stirs up controversy (1793-1794)
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 The Washington administration faces various threats to peace in the southern US as white settlers push into Native American lands while the increased threat of slave uprisings causes slaveowners across the continent to reconsider their approach to the institution of slavery (1783-1793)  Hamilton prepares to leave the administration as various domestic and foreign issues including the development of political factions, the French Revolutionary wars, and the Haitian Revolution impact Washington and his government as they move into the final two years of the second term (1772-1795)  The Jay Treaty arrives in Philadelphia, and the administration scrambles to determine what to do about it. Meanwhile, the opposition makes preparations for a full-on attack on this treaty with the British while Washington and his Cabinet deal with other foreign relations matters (1794-1795)
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1.29 – The Not-So-Dream Team

(to be released 1 Apr 2018)

 As construction continues on the new national capital, the Jay Treaty is published, and the public goes into an uproar. Meanwhile, Washington seeks the counsel of public officials and private advisers on what to do about it while also choosing a new Chief Justice. (1789-1799)  Despite achieving a diplomatic victory in the Northwest Territory, the administration is rocked by controversy as Secretary of State Randolph is confronted with allegations of collusion with the French while Washington himself is accused of improper use of public funds. (1794-1795)
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1.30 – TBD

(to be released 15 Apr 2018)

1.31 – TBD

(to be released 29 Apr 2018)

1.32 – Washington Post-Presidency

(to be released 13 May 2018)

Washington Q&A

(to be released Q2 2018)

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Featured Image Credit: The Constable-Hamilton Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart [1797] courtesy of Wikipedia



01: George Washington

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