The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation

The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation


In the months after her husband's dying, Martha Washington advised a number of associates that the 2 worst days of her existence have been the day George died—and the day Thomas Jefferson got here to Mount Vernon to provide his condolences.

What may perhaps elicit this sort of powerful response from the nation's unique first woman? notwithstanding background has a tendency to forged the early years of the United States in a glow of camaraderie, there have been, actually, many conflicts one of the Founding Fathers—none extra very important than the only among George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. the executive confrontation among those former acquaintances established at the optimum, most unusual public workplace created via the Constitutional Convention—the presidency. in addition they argued violently concerning the nation's overseas coverage, the function of retailers and farmers in a republic, and the sturdiness of the union itself. on the root of these kinds of disagreements have been sharply assorted visions for the nation's future.

Acclaimed historian Thomas Fleming examines how the differing temperaments and management types of Washington and Jefferson formed opposing perspectives of the presidency—and the country. The conflict among those talented males, either one of whom cared deeply in regards to the us of a, profoundly encouraged the subsequent centuries of America's heritage and resonates within the current day.

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