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116 Putative Locks of George Washington's Hair in 10 Seconds!

Keith Beutler, George Washington's Hair: How Early Americans Remembered the Founders (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2021)


"How do you cherish the memory of your dead father? Keith Beutler’s fascinating book suggests this is more complicated than we might expect. In investigating this unexplored aspect of the founding, Beutler reveals there is more here than meets the eye."

--Robert G. Parkinson, Binghamton University · The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution

"Riffing on George Washington’s hair, Beutler follows nineteenth century antiquarians, free Blacks, educators, and evangelicals as they tried to hold on to the founding era while making sense of their own. This lively book wears its erudition lightly."

--Catherine E. Kelly, William and Mary · Republic of Taste: Art, Politics, and Everyday Life in Early America

"Keith Beutler teases new meaning from venerable historical relics, clipped and collected since the winter at Valley Forge. George Washington’s hair emerges as a pocket-sized counterpart to Mount Vernon or the Washington Monument, all memory-objects that richly illuminate the story of American national identity."

--Susan P. Schoelwer, George Washington's Mount Vernon

"...A fascinating, witty history of the bodily basis for memory and commemoration in the Early Republic."

--Conevery Bolton Valenčius, Boston College · The Health Of The Country How American Settlers Understood Themselves And Their Land

"Beutler deftly combines objects, manuscripts, and print sources to say something new and why early Americans considered their ties to Revolutionary heroes meaningful....Particularly insightful about the roles of race, gender, and religion...."

--The Journal of Interdisciplinary History


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