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Washington, Truly the Father of the Nation

Nov 2, 2004 (Talk of the Nation)

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A discussion of the most important American president of them all — our first. Historian Joseph Ellis talks about his 2004 biography, His Excellency: George Washington. He was, as his colleague Henry Lee said upon his death, "First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen." Is he still in our hearts?

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Joseph Ellis, author, His Excellency: George Washington; history professor at Mount Holyoke; winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for books on American Revolution figures

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