Inventing George Washington: America's Founder in Myth and Memory By Edward Lengel
Edward G. Lengel
On February 24, 2011, Ed Lengel delivered a Banner Lecture entitled “Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder in Myth and Memory.”
In Inventing George Washington, Edward G. Lengel shows how the former president and war hero continued to serve his nation on two distinct levels after his death. The public Washington evolved into an eternal symbol as the “Father of His Country,” while the private man remained at the periphery of the national vision for successive generations. As some exalted Washington, others sought to bring him down to the earth, thus creating a series of competing mythologies that depicted Washington as every imaginable sort of human being.
At the time of this lecture, Dr. Lengel was editor-in-chief of the Washington Papers Project and a professor of history at the University of Virginia.