2019 George Washington Prize Winner Colin G. Calloway on Book Breaks this Sunday
Posted by Gilder Lehrman Staff on Thursday, 12/17/2020
2019 George Washington Prize Winner and National Book Award for Nonfiction Finalist Colin G. Calloway discusses his book The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation on Book Breaks this Sunday, December 20, followed by a Q&A with home audiences.
George Washington’s place in the foundations of the Republic remains unrivaled. Yet American history has largely forgotten what Washington himself knew clearly: that the new Republic’s fate depended less on grand rhetoric of independence and self-governance and more on land—Indian land. Colin G. Colloway's biography of the greatest founding father reveals in full the relationship between Washington and the Native leaders he dealt with intimately across the decades: Shingas, Tanaghrisson, Guyasuta, Attakullakulla, Bloody Fellow, Joseph Brant, Cornplanter, Red Jacket, and Little Turtle, among many others. Using the prism of Washington’s life to bring focus to these figures and the tribes they represented, Calloway gives the First Americans their due, revealing the full extent and complexity of the relationships between the man who rose to become the nation’s most powerful figure and those whose power and dominion declined in almost equal degree during his lifetime.
REGISTER FOR THE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 BOOK BREAKS WITH COLIN G. CALLOWAY HERE.