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St. Louis Public Library will host The Great Experiment exhibit from October 10 through November 21 in the Great Hall of Central Library. We encourage everyone to learn more about our First President and the times in which he lived by reading, listening, or viewing materials available through the Library. Please check through the bibliography below and see if there are items of interest. Visit the exhibit and let us know what you think.

Books | Music Recordings | Interactive Media | Websites | Videos

Performing Arts | Honoring Washington | Arts and Architecture | History | Government Documents | Historical Fiction set in the time of George Washington | Historical Fiction - Romance

Performing Arts

Brand, Oscar. Songs of ’76; a Folksinger’s History of the Revolution. NY: M. Evans, 1972.

Camus, R. F. Military Music of the American Revolution. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1976.

Colonial & Revolution Songbook: With Historical Commentary. Riverside, CA: WEM Records, 1996.

Engel, Carl. Music from the Days of George Washington. Washington, DC: U. S. George Washington Bicentennial Commission, 1931.

Fisher, William A. The Music that Washington Knew, with an Historical Sketch. Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1931.

United States George Washington Bicentennial Commission. Pageants and Plays Depicting the Life of George Washington and His Time, for the Nation-wide Celebration in 1932, the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington; for Educational, Patriotic, Religious, Social, Civic, Fraternal, and Dramatic Organizations. Washington, DC: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1931.

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Honoring Washington

Baker, William S. Medallic Portraits of Washington, with …a descriptive catalogue of the coins, medals, tokens and cards. Philadelphia: Lindsay, 1885 (1965 reprint).

Feigenbaum, John. The Complete Guide to Washington Quarters. Virginia Beach, VA: DLRC Press, 1994.

Johnson, Gerald W. Mount Vernon: The Story of a Shrine; An Account of the Rescue and Rehabilitation of Washington’s Home by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association. NY: Random House, 1953.

M. Knoedler & Co., Portraits of George Washington and other Eighteenth Century Americans; Loan Exhibition, sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution. NY: M. Knoedler & Co, 1939.

Torres, Louis. "To the Immortal Name and Memory of George Washington": the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Construction of the Washington Monument. Washington, DC: Office of the Chief of Engineers, 1985.

Whittemore, Frances D. George Washington in Sculpture. Boston: Marshall Jones Co., 1933.

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Arts and Architecture

American Society of Landscape Architects. Colonial Gardens: The Landscape Architecture of George Washington’s time. Washington, DC: U. S. George Washington Bicentennial Commission, 1932.

Company of Military Historians. Military Uniforms in America. Volume 1; The Era of the American Revolution. San Rafael, CA: Presidio Press, 1974.

Copeland, Peter F. Working Dress in Colonial and Revolutionary America. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1977.

Dalzell, Robert F. George Washington’s Mount Vernon: At Home in Revolutionary America. NY: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Davis, Deering. Georgetown Houses of the Federal Period, Washington, D.C., 1780-1830. NY: Architectural Book Publishing Co., 1944.

Detweiler, Susan. George Washington’s Chinaware. NY: Abrams, 1982.

Detweiler, Susan, et al. George Washington’s Mount Vernon. NY: Monacelli Press, 1998.

Gusler, Wallace B. Furniture of Williamsburg and Eastern Virginia, 1710-1790. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum, 1979.

Hurst, Ronald L. Southern Furniture, 1680-1830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection. Williamsburg, VA: Abrams, 1997.

Kennedy Galleries. Age of the Revolution and Early Republic in Fine and Decorative Arts, 1750-1824. NY: Kennedy Galleries, 1977.

Lockwood, Luke V. Colonial Furniture in America. NY: Scribner’s, 1951.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. An Elegant Art: Fashion and Fantasy in the Eighteenth Century: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Collection of Costumes and Textiles. NY: Abrams, 1983.

Mollo, John. Uniforms of the American Revolution in Color. NY: Macmillan, 1975.

Washington, George. Washington’s Map of Mount Vernon; Reproduced in Facsimile from the Original in the Huntington Library. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1932.

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Bobrick, Benson. Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution. NY: Penguin USA, 1998.

Brookhiser, Richard. Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington. NY: Free Press, 1996.

Cook, Don. The Long Fuse: How England Lost the American Colonies. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1996.

Ferling, John E. The First of Men: A Life of George Washington. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1988.

Ferling, John E. Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution. NY: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Fleming, Thomas J. Liberty! The American Revolution. NY: Viking, 1997.

Flexner, James Thomas. George Washington. 4 Vols. Boston: Little, Brown, 1965-72.

Flexner, James Thomas. Washington, The Indispensable Man. Boston: Little, Brown, 1969. (One-volume abridgement of the 4-volume work.)

Freeman, Douglas Southall. George Washington. 7 Vols. NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1949-57.

Freeman, Douglas Southall. Washington: An Abridgement in One Volume. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

Hirschfeld, Fritz. George Washington and Slavery: A Documentary Portrayal. Columbia: University of Missouri, 1997.

Holton, Woody. Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Leckie, Robert. George Washington’s War: The Saga of the American Revolution. NY: HarperCollins, 1992.

McDonald, Forrest. The Presidency of George Washington. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1974, 1988.

Quarles, Benjamin. The Negro in the American Revolution. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Rasmussen, William M. S. & Robert S. Tilton. George Washington: The Man Behind the Myths. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999.

Rhodehamel, John H. The Great Experiment: George Washington and the American Republic. New Haven, CT: Yale, 1998. B Washington [Please note that this is the book for the exhibit.]

Smith, Richard Norton. Patriarch: George Washington & the New American Nation. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

Washington, George. The Diaries of George Washington. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1976.

Washington, George. Writings. Selected by John H. Rhodehamel. NY: Library of America, 1997.

Wilkins, Roger W. Jefferson’s Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism. Boston: Beacon Press, 2001.

Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1994.

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Government Documents

(Please note that the following are located at Central Library and are non-circulating. Call the Government Information Department at 314-539-0375 for more information.)

American Archives: Consisting of a Collection of Authentick Records, State Papers, Debates, and Letters and Other Notices of Publick Affairs, the Whole Forming a Documentary History of the Origin and Progress of the North American Colonies; of the Causes and Accomplishment of the American Revolution; and of the Constitution of Government for the United States, to the Final Ratification Thereof. Washington, D.C., 1837-53.

Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1976- .

United States. Congress. Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the Congress. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1873- . X 1: volumes (includes vol. 1 (1789-90) – vol. 10 (1799-1801).

United States. Continental Congress. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789.

Washington, D.C.: The Congress, 1904-37. LC 4.5: volumes

United States. Continental Congress. Index/Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. Washington, D.C.: General Services Administration, 1976.

United States. The Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789 to …; Concurrent Resolutions of the Two Houses of Congress and Recent Treaties, Conventions, and Executive Proclamations. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1875- . GS 4.111:volumes (includes vol. 1 (1789-99) – vol. 2 (1799-1813).

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Historical Fiction set in the time of George Washington

Bailey, Anthony. Major Andre. NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1987.

Boyce, Burke. Man from Mt. Vernon. NY: Harper, 1961.

Clark, Mary Higgins. Mount Vernon Love Story. NY: Simon & Schuster, 2002.

Cooper, James F. The Spy. NY: Dodd, Mead, 1946.

Cornwell, Bernard. Redcoat. NY: Viking, 1988.

Davis, Burke. Yorktown. NY: Rinehart, 1952.

Dreyfuss, Richard. Two Georges. NY: Tor, 1996.

Fast, Howard. Seven Days in June. Secaucus, NJ: Carol Publishing, 1994.

Fleming, Thomas. Dreams of Glory. NY: Forge, 2000.

Fleming, Thomas. Remember the Morning. NY: Forge, 1997.

Fletcher, Inglis. Raleigh’s Eden. NY: Bobbs-Merrill, 1940.

Ford, Paul L. Janice Meredith. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1899.

Jakes, John. The Bastard. NY: Jove Publications, 1974.

Jones, Douglas C. Shadow of the Moon. NY: Henry Holt and Company, 1995.

Kantor, Mackinlay. Valley Forge. NY: Lippincott, 1975.

Lussier, Paul. Last Refuge of Scoundrels. NY: Warner, 2000.

Mason, F. van Wyck. Valley Forge:24 December 1977. NY: Doubleday, 1950.

Mitchell, S. Weir. Hugh Wynne-Free Quaker. NY: Gregg Press, 1967.

Nelson, James L. Maddest Idea. NY: Pocket Books, 1997.

Shaara, Jeff. Rise to Rebellion. NY: Ballantine Books, 2001.

Sherman, Dan. The Traitor. NY: D.I. Fine, 1987.

Thackeray, William M. The Virginians. London: Dent & Sons. 1961.

Thom, James A. Follow the River. NY: Ballantine Books, 1981.

Walther, Anne. A Time for Treason. San Francisco, CA: Tapestries Pub., 2000.

Wheeler, Guy. Cato’s War. NY: Macmillan, 1980.

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Historical Fiction - Romance

Bittner, Rosanne. Into the Wilderness, NY: Forge, 2002.

Everett, Corinne. Loving Lily. (Daughters of Liberty.) Zebra, 2001.

Everett, Corinne. Fair Rose. (Daughters of Liberty.) Kensington, 2001.

Everett, Corinne. Sweet Violet. (Daughters of Liberty.) Zebra, 2002.

Fisher, Ellen. Light in the Darkness. NY: Bantam, 1998.

Guhrke, Laura Lee. Charade. NY: Bantam, 1998.

Jarrett, Miranda. Captain’s Bride. (Fairbourne Chronicles.) NY: Pocket Star Books, 1997.

Jarrett, Miranda. Cranberry Point. (Fairbourne Chronicles.) NY: Pocket Books.

Jarrett, Miranda. Wishing. (Fairbourne Chronicles.) NY: Sonnet Books, 1999. 

Jarrett, Miranda. Moonlight. (Fairbourne Chronicles.) NY: Sonnett, Books,

Jarrett, Miranda. Sunrise. (Fairbourne Chronicles.) NY: Sonnett Books.

Robards, Karen. Nobody’s Angel. NY: Delacorte Press, 1992.

Robards, Karen. This Side of Heaven. NY: Dell Publishing, 1991.

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Music Recordings

America Sings. Vol. 1, Founding Years. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: VoxBox, 1993.

American Songs of Revolutionary Times and the Civil War Era. Pismo Beach, CA: Legacy International, 1992.

Edwards, Sherman. 1776. NY: Sony Broadway, 1992.

Music of the American Revolution: The Birth of Liberty. NY: New World Records, 1996.

Billings, William. Wake Ev’ry Breath; Recorded Anthology of American Music. NY: New World Records, 1998.

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Interactive Media (CD-ROM)

American Presidents [electronic resource]: The Most Powerful Man on Earth. Richmond Hill, Ont: International Thomson Multimedia, 1996.

George Washington, First of Men [electronic resource]. San Marino: CA: Huntington Library and Art Gallery, 1999.

New Nation [electronic resource]: America 1787-1820. New Rochelle, NY: MultiEducator, 1997.

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The Library has computers with Internet access at all branches (except Marketplace and Charing Cross) and Central Library. You need a SLPL card for access.

George Washington and Slavery

A well-reasoned and even-handed online essay about Washington's ownership of slaves and his attitudes towards slavery.

George Washington as a Surveyor

An interesting online essay about Washington's pre-Revolutionary experiences as a surveyor.

George Washington Birthplace National Monument

A National Park Service web site devoted to Washington's birthplace in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Lots of information about this historic site, plus some information on Washington himself. Includes maps, Travel Basics, Activities, Lodging and Facilities, and Calendar of Events, and a printable Travel Guide for persons planning a visit to this historic site.

George Washington: First President of the United States

This site includes full-text transcriptions of Washington's Inaugural Addresses, Farewell Address, and Annual Messages to Congress (1789-1797).

George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress

The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress has in its collection 65,000 George Washington documents, the largest such collection in the world. Documents in this collection include correspondence, journals, diaries, account books, and military records among other items. This web site provides images of approximately 152,000 pages from this collection. The site includes essays about the collection and its possible uses, a Washington Time Line, and an online essay titled "George Washington: Surveyor and Mapmaker," which includes images of some of the maps and surveys produced by Washington.

George Washington's Mount Vernon

The official web site of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, which maintains Mount Vernon, George Washington's place of residence for most of his adult life. The site includes a Visitor's Guide, Mansion Tour, Grounds Tour, Online Shop, Calendar of Events, and an FAQ section.

Liberty! The American Revolution

The official web site of this PBS series, which was first broadcast in 1997 and is rebroadcast on a regular basis (and is available on video). The site, which is quite useful even for persons who have not seen the series, includes short but informative illustrated essays on a wide variety of Revolutionary War topics. There is also a Timeline of the Revolution, Bibliography, and links to Other Sites of Interest.


Lighting Freedom's Flame: the American Revolution Website for the National Park Service

An ongoing celebration by the National Park Service (2000-2008) of the 225th anniversary of the American Revolution (1775-1783). Includes a Revolutionary War Timeline, This Date in Revolutionary War History, Online Exhibits, Links, and a List of Special Revolutionary War Events being held at National Parks, Historic Sites, and Battlegrounds.

The Papers of George Washington

This site maintained by the University of Virginia includes images and transcriptions of Washington's will, lists of property owned by him (including lists of slaves which provide first names and ages, and often indicate parents or children of that slave), and maps and surveys which were either produced by Washington or show properties owned by him. There are also images and transcriptions of pages from Washington's diaries.

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Public Performance | Other Videos

Public Performance

The Library has a collection of videos with public performance rights. This means the following titles can be checked out by schools and organizations to be shown to groups. Call the Film Library at 241-0478 for more information and to reserve a particular title.

African American Experience: Part 1, 1500-1864. 1995.

The story of African Americans is shown from the inhumane kidnapping and transportation of native African peoples to the new world to the social and civil strife of the 1990s (latter in Part 2 – V10760). V10759 VHS Color 15 minutes

American Independence. 1996. (juvenile level)

Topics featured include the Boston Tea Party; the Declaration of Independence, the life of Thomas Jefferson, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. V12253 VHS Color 25 minutes

American Republic (Western Tradition). 1989.

The political thought of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence and Alexander Hamilton in the Constitution wove the fabric of a new nation. V9818-2 VHS Color 27 minutes

American Revolution (Western Tradition). 1989.

The British colonists created a society that tested Enlightenment ideas and resisted restrictions imposed by England. V9819-1 VHS Color 27 minutes

American Revolution: Declaration of Independence and the War. (year unknown)

On July 2, 1776, the colonies passed a resolution calling for independence, and on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved. The roles of those who fought in the battles for American independence, including Native Americans, Jews, African-Americans and women are discussed as well as the French joining American forces to help win the war. The aftermath of the war is examined with a look at the issuance of IOUs to soldiers and George Washington’s thoughts of the successful battle that led to the American colonies’ independence. V10330 VHS Color 17 minutes

American Revolution: Rebellion and Preparing to Fight. (year unknown)

The events that led to the Revolutionary War are examined. Some of the topics discussed are the Boston Tea Party, the development and training of minutemen and Paul Revere’s famous ride. Also discussed are the beginnings of the Revolutionary War, including the Battle of Bunker Hill, King George’s rejection of the American colonists’ petition for peace and the removal of England’s protection for the colonies, which inspired the colonists to seek independence. V10331 VHS Color 16 minutes

Background of the United States Constitution. 1982

Uses art and graphics of the period to dramatize the series of conflicts and compromises which made the constitution. V5970 VHS Color 20 minutes

The Colonial Way of Life. 1970.

A social history of the Colonial period. Gives an understanding of diversities in the colonies and how these diverse elements were forged into a new culture. Portrays education, family life and recreation in colonial America. V10413 VHS Color 25 minutes

Constant Combatants: The President and Congress. 1996.

Focuses on the tensions between the president and Congress during a foreign policy crisis, incorporating issues such as the power to wage war, to conduct diplomacy, to operate in secrecy, to exercise the power of the purse, to hold government branches accountable to each other, and the media’s responsibilities in matters of national security. V13433 VHS Color 57 minutes

Early Settlers. 1996. (juvenile level)

Topics featured include the pilgrims and the Mayflower, the Mayflower Compact, Squanto and the first Thanksgiving, life in Colonial Williamsburg, and the colonists. V12254 VHS Color 25 minutes

First Ladies. 1989.

An introduction to First Ladies, from Martha Washington to Barbara Bush, and how they lived and worked during their years in the White House. Visits the Smithsonian’s collection of First Ladies’ gowns, accessories, and furnishings. V9175 VHS Color 60 minutes

Freedom Trail. 1991.

Modern Boston reverberates with the people and places of America’s past. The Freedom Trail brings it all to life with visits to 16 sites which include Old Ironsides, Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere’s home and the Old Corner bookstore. V9085 VHS Color 30 minutes

George Washington: The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King. 1992.

George Washington has been sculpted, painted, and emulated more than 200 years, but few Americans have any idea who he was. This program explores our first President’s relationship with his troops and the revolutionary cause; with his slaves and his fellow founding fathers. It gives us an unconventional look at the man who insisted that America be a democracy. V9681 VHS Color 60 minutes

George Washington’s Little History of the United States. 1980.

Stepping off a dollar bill, George Washington narrates the history of the United States from before Columbus’s arrival to the 4th of July, 1776, when we became a nation. V6796 VHS Color 10 minutes

George Washington’s Mother. 2000. (juvenile level)

True story of Mary Washington. When she wasn’t worried about being poor, she was poking her nose in George’s business, baking gingerbread and smoking a pipe. 3149462303 VHS Color 20 minutes

In the Beginning. 1987.

Bill Moyers discusses the Constitution’s place and role as a symbol in American life; the intellectual origins of the Constitution; and black Americans and others who were not part of the Constitution. V10381 VHS Color 60 minutes

Johnny Tremain and the Sons of Liberty. 1983

Johnny Tremain is a silversmith’s apprentice who takes part in the Boston Tea Party and the Battles of Lexington and Concord. V13100 VHS Color 91 minutes

Johnny Tremain, Pt. 1: Boston Tea Party. 1966.

Excerpts from the feature film by Walt Disney. A Revolutionary War story about a young silversmith. V9683 VHS Color 30 minutes

Johnny Tremain, Pt 2: Shot Heard ‘Round the World. 1966.

Excerpts from the feature film by Walt Disney. A Revolutionary War story about a young silversmith. V9684 VHS Color 32 mintues

Last of the Mohicans. 1993.

One of the bloodiest wars of all times, the French and Indian War has been called the First World War, for its conflicts and consequences spread over three continents. Archaeologists working at the site of Fort William Henry in upstate New York have uncovered remains of numerous English soldiers, thought to have been killed by French and Indian forces. Though the war took its toll, infectious disease may have been the final vector of death. V10806 VHS Color 26 minutes

Last of the Mohicans. 1979.

Presents the story of the Indian Scout Hawkeye and his Mohican companions, Chingochook and his son Uncas. Based on the novel by James Fennimore Cooper. Starring Steve Forrest and Andrew Prine. V6284 VHS Color 99 minutes

Little Rebellion Now and Then. 1986.

Dramatizes the crucial years of unrest leading to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. V6615 VHS Color 30 minutes

Making A Revolution (America: A Personal History of the U.S.,Vol. 3). 1972.

In this episode Alistair Cooke offers his view on the reasons for the break with the mother country—blunders in London, inept colonial governors, and costly frontier wars—and the nature of the pragmatic struggle behind the ideologies. V7588 VHS Color 52 minutes

Meet George Washington. 1990.

Describes the life of George Washington – Virginia gentleman, accomplished farmer, ambivalent general and reluctant first president. Also discussed are his crushing frontier defeats, shrewd business successes and lifelong romances. V9641 VHS Color 60 minutes.

Revolution (Africans in America, Part II). 1998

While the American colonies challenge Britain for independence, American slavery is challenged from within as men and women fight to define what America will be. When the War of Independence is won, black people, both enslaved and free, seize on the language of freedom even while the new nation’s Constitution codifies slavery and oppression as a national way of life. V 13345 VHS Color 90 minutes

Son of Africa: The Slave Narrative of Olaudah Equiano. 1996.

Program on Olaudah Equiano, an 18th century African slave who, after buying his freedom, wrote an influential autobiography and became a strong advocate in the battle for the abolition of the slave trade. V12923 VHS Color 28 minutes

Terrible Transformation (Africans in America, Part I). 1998.

Examines the origins of one of the largest forced human migrations in recorded history. After the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619, the British colonies lay the groundwork for a system of racial slavery, which generates profits that ensure the colonies growth and survival. V13344 VHS Color 90 minutes

Thomas Jefferson, Part 1: Life/Liberty; Our Sacred Honor. 1997

First part of a two part documentary which examines the life of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence. In this segment a young Jefferson is transformed by the fire of the Enlightenment into his country’s most articulate voice for human liberty. Torn between family life at Monticello and his passion for politics, Jefferson suffers heartrending personal loss, even as he gives voice to a new democratic government. He then journeys to Paris as U.S. Minister to France for George Washington and supports the rising French revolution. V13412 VHS Color 90 minutes

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Other Videos

These are part of our circulating collection and can be requested the same as books. These cannot be shown in group settings.

The Crossing.

Drums Along The Mohawk.

The Last of the Mohicans.

The Madness of King George.

A New Nation (1776-1815).

The Patriot.


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