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George Washington’s Final Battle: The Epic Struggle to Build a Capital City and a Nation

National Archives Museum

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT

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George Washington is remembered for leading the Continental Army to victory, presiding over the Constitution, and forging a new nation, but few know the story of his involvement in the establishment of a capital city. In George Washington’s Final Battle, Robert P. Watson tells how the country’s first President tirelessly advocated for a capital on the shores of the Potomac. This little-known story throws George Washington's political acumen into sharp relief and provides a historical lesson in leadership and consensus-building.


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