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By Stephen Brumwell

Winner of the distinguished George Washington ebook Prize, George Washington is a brilliant recounting of the adolescence and armed forces profession of "The Father of his Country," following his trip from brutal border skirmishes with the French and their local American allies to his outstanding victory over the British Empire, an fulfillment that underpinned his choice because the first president of the U.S. of the US. The booklet makes a speciality of a facet of Washington that's usually ignored: the feisty younger frontier officer and the early profession of the cruel forty-something commander of the revolutionaries' ragtag Continental Army.

Award-winning historian Stephen Brumwell exhibits how, mockingly, Washington's reliance upon English types of "gentlemanly" behavior, and on British army association, was once the most important in setting up his management of the fledgling Continental military, and in forging it into the weapon that secured American independence. Drawing on a variety of resources, together with unique archival examine, Brumwell brings a clean new standpoint in this awesome person, whose fusion of gentleman and warrior left an indelible imprint on historical past.

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Cattle syndicates bought out vast individual land grants and also attempted to fence lands within the communal land grants. White Farmers' Alliance members occasionally made common cause with Hispanic farmers against the cattlemen. In San Miguel County 30 FARMERS Hispanos organized a militant People's party in the midst of a bitter struggle to protect the communal holdings of the Las Vegas Community Grant from the land grabbing of Anglo ranchers. 16 When the dust of the fence war settled in the Cross Timbers counties of Texas, the Farmers' Alliance turned its attention to the business of boosting real estate values.

He joined the Milam County Farmers' Alliance in the spring of 1886. Soon thereafter he quit his medical practice to work for the Alliance full-time. He committed himself to transforming the as yet ill-defined Alliance into a national organization for the professional progress of the farmer. Precisely why he made this commitment remains unclear. His detractors within the movement would accuse him of running the Alliance for his private gain. Although such charges were never proven, he gave the appearance of being attached to the salary and other amenities that his elevated position offered.

Still, farm reformers recognized the advantages of size and concentration. They, too, believed that bigger was indeed better. To explain rural poverty they pointed to the farmers' late entry into the modern business world of combination: hence the necessity of the Farmers' Alliance and similar organizations. " Dunning's idea—repeated in Alliance editorials, letters to the editor, and lectures—reflected a conviction that spurred the agrarian revolt. 32 It also remains hidden under the veil of romantic history that surrounds farmers' cooperatives.

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