Balls, Cocks, and Coquettes: The Dissonance of Washington’s Youth

Author(s): Laura Galke

Year: 2018

Summary

Powerful messages concerning ideal gender roles are significant, yet latent features of presidential biographies. Most contemporary authors suggest that Washington succeeded despite the efforts of his mother, Mary Ball Washington. Biographers tend to be most offended by Mother Washington when she exercised agency. Archaeological investigations at Washington’s childhood home in Stafford County, Virginia underscore the dissonance between the material culture of his youth and popular narratives about his childhood. Archaeological data contrast with contrived narratives which are not only inaccurate but which promote naive a ‘self-made man’ ideology.

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Balls, Cocks, and Coquettes: The Dissonance of Washington’s Youth. Laura Galke. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441498)

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Temporal Keywords
1743-1789

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 430