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Historian speaks on Washington's final year as general

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, 8 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Historian Thomas Fleming will discuss the importance of George Washington's final year as head of the Continental Army in a lecture set for 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Fleming's lecture is titled "Gen. George Washington: Political Thinker." He will explore how Washington didn't let anger and bitterness cloud his vision of the purpose of the American Revolution during his last year as commander in chief of the Continental Army and how his resignation from that position was a significant political event in history.

Fleming has written more than a dozen books on the Revolution, including studies of the battles of Yorktown and Springfield, biographies of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, and a revisionist narrative of the nation's most momentous year, "1776: Year of Illusions." He is currently the senior scholar at the National Center for the American Revolution at Valley Forge.

The lecture is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the Program in American Studies, the Princeton 1783 Committee and the Morven Museum and Garden.

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