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Historian Reveals the Forgotten Years of George Washington

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 06:34 PM

The years after George Washington served as one the nation's great military leaders are often forgotten but a pivotal chapter in the legacy of the Father of Our Country, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Larson, a professor of history at Pepperdine University.

Larson is author of the new book, "The Return of George Washington - 1783-1789," published by William Morrow — which tells how Washington saved the United States by coming out of retirement to lead the Constitutional Convention and serve as our first president.

"Those were the lost years. Those were the ones that historians don't talk much about, but in some ways they're the most relevant to us today," Larson said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"They're the period after he stepped down as commander in chief of the American Forces during the revolution ... Our country was under the confederation government, which was a very loose confederation of the states and the whole experiment that we were doing was falling apart.

"The states were breaking apart, the west was being lost, and Washington was pulled back out of retirement to take over leadership. That's where he showed a different sort of leadership than he showed in the revolution or later as president. A leadership as a private citizen."

Larson said Washington was "deeply committed" to America.

"He was in some ways the first American. He had been made an American by the revolution. Remember, going into the revolution, we were 13 totally separate states and with different alliances," Larson said.

"Through the crucible of war, he became an American and he saw that the only way we could move forward as a country, the only way we could have prosperity at home and respect abroad and open the frontier, was if we unified.

"Reluctantly, he was drawn back in because he liked being back home on his plantation, but he realized everything he fought for during the revolution was going to be lost."

Washington rode to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to preside over the Convention, helping fortify a weak central government unable to raise revenue to pay its debts or reach a consensus on national policy.

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