George Washington: The Man Who Wouldn't Be King is the story of a man who grew into greatness by accepting the challenge of leading a fractious, rag-tag army against the might of the British government. As a young man, Washington was a social climber, a land-hungry Virginia surveyor and self-conscious military officer, often blaming others for his own mistakes. However, he gradually built a reputation as a gentleman by educating himself in the classics and sciences, entering politics, and marrying one of the wealthiest women in Virginia.
It was at the battle of Trenton where everything changed. Brilliantly timing his attack on Christmas night, Trenton was a psychological victory both for America and for Washington himself. His growing skill and unwavering bravery transformed Washington into the very symbol of the Revolutionary War. After leading his army to the final victory at Yorktown, his officers--unpaid and distrustful of Congress--wanted him to assume even greater power.
Using impressionistic photography and rare paintings, etchings and prints from museums, libraries, and private collections, George Washington: The Man Who Wouldn't Be King goes beyond the standard textbook portrait to reveal the real George Washington.
Producer: David Sutherland Productions
Actors: David Ogden Steirs, David McCullough, Linda Hunt, Live Schreiber
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 60 minutes
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 4x3 Full Screen
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