We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
George Washington was the first President of the United States.
1732 – 1799
To most Americans, George Washington is a remote figure encased in myth, more a monument than a man. So who was the first President of the United States? What we learn from contemporary accounts and modern historians is that Washington was a complex figure. Born a loyal subject of the British crown, he became the leader of a radical revolution. He was a victorious military leader, but relinquished the trappings of power to return to farming. Ultimately George Washington was a reluctant statesman who forged the institutions of a popular government that have endured for two centuries.
How did a land and people of such immense diversity come together under a banner of freedom and equality to form one of the most remarkable nations in the world? Everyone from young adults to grandparents will be fascinated by the answers uncovered in …