Finalist for the 2017 George Washington Book Prize.
George Washington's Journey: The President Forges a New Nation. By T. H. Breen. ISBN 978-1-4516-7542-9. Copyright 2016. Hardcover with 304 pages including notes and index.
Early in his term as first president, worried about the stability of the new constitutional order, George Washington organized a series of arduous journeys that took him to all thirteen states.
By taking the government to the people, he believed he could help them better understand the pressing need to support a strong federal union. In his tours to distant and disparate states he built connections with ordinary citizens which helped the new nation survive its difficult early years.