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An Imperfect God

Author: Henry Wiencek
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466856599
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An Imperfect God is a major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free; earlier he had said that holding slaves was his "only unavoidable subject of regret." In this groundbreaking work, Henry Wiencek explores the founding father's engagement with slavery at every stage of his life--as a Virginia planter, soldier, politician, president and statesman. Washington was born and raised among blacks and mixed-race people; he and his wife had blood ties to the slave community. Yet as a young man he bought and sold slaves without scruple, even raffled off children to collect debts (an incident ignored by earlier biographers). Then, on the Revolutionary battlefields where he commanded both black and white troops, Washington's attitudes began to change. He and the other framers enshrined slavery in the Constitution, but, Wiencek shows, even before he became president Washington had begun to see the system's evil. Wiencek's revelatory narrative, based on a meticulous examination of private papers, court records, and the voluminous Washington archives, documents for the first time the moral transformation culminating in Washington's determination to emancipate his slaves. He acted too late to keep the new republic from perpetuating slavery, but his repentance was genuine. And it was perhaps related to the possibility--as the oral history of Mount Vernon's slave descendants has long asserted--that a slave named West Ford was the son of George and a woman named Venus; Wiencek has new evidence that this could indeed have been true. George Washington's heroic stature as Father of Our Country is not diminished in this superb, nuanced portrait: now we see Washington in full as a man of his time and ahead of his time.

An Imperfect God

Author: Henry Wiencek
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780374529512
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An analysis of how George Washington's life was impacted by slavery--discusses his ties to the slave community, activities as a slave owner, realization of the evils of slavery, and political efforts on behalf of slaves.

An Imperfect God

Author: Henry Wiencek
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374175269
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A major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free; earlier he had said that holding slaves was his "only unavoidable subject of regret." In this groundbreaking work, Henry Wiencek explores the founding father's engagement with slavery at every stage of his life--as a Virginia planter, soldier, politician, president and statesman. Washington was born and raised among blacks and mixed-race people; he and his wife had blood ties to the slave community. Yet as a young man he bought and sold slaves without scruple, even raffled off children to collect debts (an incident ignored by earlier biographers). Then, on the Revolutionary battlefields where he commanded both black and white troops, Washington's attitudes began to change. He and the other framers enshrined slavery in the Constitution, but, Wiencek shows, even before he became president Washington had begun to see the system's evil. Wiencek's revelatory narrative, based on a meticulous examination of private papers, court records, and the voluminous Washington archives, documents for the first time the moral transformation culminating in Washington's determination to emancipate his slaves. He acted too late to keep the new republic from perpetuating slavery, but his repentance was genuine. And it was perhaps related to the possibility--as the oral history of Mount Vernon's slave descendants has long asserted--that a slave named West Ford was the son of George and a woman named Venus; Wiencek has new evidence that this could indeed have been true. George Washington's heroic stature as Father of Our Country is not diminished in this superb, nuanced portrait: now we see Washington in full as a man of his time and ahead of his time.

A Perfect God Created An Imperfect World Perfectly

Author: Rabbi G
Publisher: Heroes Circle
ISBN: 9780986358326
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Stress kills. The destructive chemical cocktails of anxiety, pain and anger rip apart our bodies. They also drown our relationships and wreck our lives. But don't worry about it because that's bad for you. The little teachers of Kids Kicking Cancer are as young as two years old. They have faced more stress in their lives than most of us can imagine. However, they are teaching the world how to "breathe in the light and blow out the darkness" using the same martial arts techniques that they have learned from the black belt therapists of an amazing program that is in four countries. In thirty lessons you will be inspired, motivated and educated by these children how to make significant changes in your response to the stressors in your life. These lessons have been presented to major corporations across the globe. 97% of the adults describe these seminars as having had "a profound influence" on their lives. Each chapter of this book contains a link that will connect you to simple audio and written meditations that you can practice as well. Every time you open that link, numbers go up in front of the children allowing them to know that they are teaching you. It's a win-win situation. You will live longer and they will have purpose, and with that, less pain. There is no book like this in the world! The author lovingly referred to, as "Rabbi G.," by the children, is a clinical assistant professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and a black belt father who lost his first child to leukemia. Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg has received numerous awards across the globe including being featured as a "Hero Among Us" in People magazine as well as a Top Ten CNN Hero. However, to the Rabbi it is the children who are the real heroes. It is clearly his privilege to be their voice.

An Imperfect Woman

Author: Kim Hyland
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1493408399
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Women are bombarded with ideas of perfection--and tips for how to achieve it--every day. From her work to her looks to her parenting, today's modern woman is expected to strive to be picture perfect in every way. As a result, calls for authenticity and imperfection are on the rise. Yet, deep down, most of us still want to achieve perfection. Why? The desire to be perfect, says Kim Hyland, is actually a God-given urge. After all, we were made for Eden. But there is a difference between perfection and perfectionism, which is our attempt to achieve perfection on our own, by our own strength, and for our own purposes--the original temptation in the Garden. In this freeing book, Hyland offers women a stirring manifesto for acknowledging their limitations and embracing the perfection of God through his grace. This is a book for every woman who gives 110% and yet feels shame when one little thing goes wrong.

Confessions Of An Imperfect Mom

Author: Julie Ann Barnhill
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 0736941576
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Bestselling author of She's Gonna Blow (more than 125,000 copies sold) Julie Ann Barnhill reveals her flawed parenting moments--from the hilarious to the serious--and shares secrets that will help all moms uncover joy, sanity, and peace in their imperfections. With her trademark honesty and humor, she eases women down from the top of "Mount Guiltmore" and into the freedom to be their own unique brand of mom by acknowledging the things they don't have guilt over and embracing understanding how their own mothers influenced them discovering personal qualities that will make them great moms Practical insights and a sassy, realistic look at all mothers do, take on, accomplish, and carry with them provide women with a fresh perspective that can open up their lives to everything that God has for them and their children. Rerelease of Motherhood: The Guilt That Keeps On Giving

George Washington And Slavery

Author: Fritz Hirschfeld
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826211354
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"I never mean (unless some particular circumstance should compel me to it) to possess another slave by purchase; it being among my first wishes to see some plan adopted, by which slavery in this country may be abolished by slow, sure and imperceptible degrees."—George Washington, September 9, 1786 No history of racism in America can be considered complete without taking into account the role that George Washington—the principal founding father—played in helping to mold the racist cast of the new nation. Because General Washington—the universally acknowledged hero of the Revolutionary War—in the postwar period uniquely combined the moral authority, personal prestige, and political power to influence significantly the course and the outcome of the slavery debate, his opinions on the subject of slaves and slavery are of crucial importance to understanding how racism succeeded in becoming an integral and official part of the national fabric during its formative stages. The successful end of the War for Independence in 1783 brought George Washington face-to-face with a fundamental dilemma: how to reconcile the proclaimed ideals of the revolution with the established institution of slavery. So long as black human beings in America could legally be considered the chattel property of whites, the rhetoric of equality and individual freedom was hollow. Progressive voices urged immediate emancipation as the only way to resolve the contradiction; the Southern slave owners, of course, stood firm for the status quo. Washington was caught squarely in the middle. As a Virginia plantation proprietor and a lifelong slaveholder, Washington had a substantial private stake in the economic slave system of the South. However, in his role as the acknowledged political leader of the country, his overriding concern was the preservation of the Union. If Washington publicly supported emancipation, he would almost certainly have to set an example and take steps to dispose of his Mount Vernon slaves. If he spoke out on the side of slavery, how could he legitimately and conscientiously expect to uphold and defend the humanistic goals and moral imperatives of the new nation as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? His was a balancing act that became more and more difficult to sustain with the passing years. Relying primarily on Washington's own words—his correspondence, diaries, and other written records—supplemented by letters, comments, and eyewitness reports of family members, friends, employees, aides, correspondents, colleagues, and visitors to Mount Vernon, together with contemporary newspaper clippings and official documents pertaining to Washington's relationships with African Americans, Fritz Hirschfeld traces Washington's transition from a conventional slaveholder to a lukewarm abolitionist. George Washington and Slavery will be an essential addition to the historiography of eighteenth-century America and of Washington himself.

The Hairstons

Author: Henry Wiencek
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312253936
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A quintessential American story of slavery's lasting power traces the black and white sides of a slaveholding family's history, showing the inspiring rise of the family's black descendents and the fall of the formerly wealthy whites. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Glorious Mess

Author: Mike Howerton
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 0801013917
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Dynamic communicator and pastor explores God's relentless love for imperfect people and how he works through them in spite of their mistakes and failures.

George Washington S False Teeth

Author: Robert Darnton
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393057607
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A collection of articles concentrated on the Enlightenment in France argues for a scaled-down interpretation of the significance of the movement.