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The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777
by Rick Atkinson
Published: 2019
The Indian World of George Washington
by Colin G. Calloway
Published: 2018
The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy
by Jay Cost
Published: 2018
Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe, and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe
by John Ferling
Published: 2018
In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
by Nathaniel Philbrick
Published: 2018
Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father
by Peter Stark
Published: 2018
John Marshall
John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court
by Richard Brookhiser
Published: 2018
Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times
by Joel Richard Paul
Published: 2018
Benjamin Rush
Rush: Revolutionary, Madness & the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father
by Stephen Fried
Published: 2018
Dr. Benjamin Rush: The Founding Father Who Healed a Wounded Nation
by Harlow Giles Unger
Published: 2018

George Washington ordered his overseers to begin the 1767 wheat harvest on June 24, a hot, cloudy Saturday at the end of a dry week. Thus began twenty days of unrelenting exertion for Mount Vernon’s slaves and no little anxiety for their master, who for the first time had given over his holding almost entirely to the cultivation of grain. Much depended on the success of this experiment, which was a crucial element in Washington’s scheme to free himself of the debts he had accumulated over the years of failing to produce tobacco that would sell on London’s finicky market. Rich as he was in land, he feared that, like so many of his fellow planters, he too would become permanently dependent on his English merchant creditors. It was a fate he dreaded above all, for to suffer it meant that he would lose the essence of a gentleman’s character, independence, and with it the capacity to behave in a truly virtuous way.

Fred Anderson
Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754 - 1766 (2000)