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Why was George Washington important?. Objectives. In this activity you will: Learn the importance of George Washington. Discuss how he compares to other presidents. Why was George Washington important?.

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objectives
Objectives

In this activity you will:

  • Learn the importance of George Washington.
  • Discuss how he compares to other presidents.
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Why was George Washington important?

When judging the importance of an historical figure, as historians we should consider questions such as the following:

  • Did they have an important impact on historical events?
  • Were they successful?
  • Did their actions have a long-term impact on the world?
  • How did their actions compare to the actions and impact of other historical individuals?
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Why was George Washington important?

Firstly, we need to be clear on what Washington did.

Read through the following two slides to learn about Washington, and write a paragraph explaining why you think he was important.

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Why was George Washington important?
  • George Washington led colonial rebels to victory during the American War of independence between the years 1775-1783.
  • He successfully kept the army together during the bitter winter of 1776-1777. Without him, the American army may have disintegrated.
  • During the war, he helped to keep the Thirteen Colonies united.
  • He was the first President of the USA between 1789-1797.
  • He helped to shape the American Constitution, which still exists today.
  • He helped to shape the powers of an American President.
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Why was George Washington important?
  • Washington served a second term as President when he wanted to retire. Again he acted as a force for unity between the different colonies.
  • In 1794, he signed the Jay Treaty with Britain, which re-established trading links. Many Americans criticised him for signing this treaty.
  • He refused to serve a third term as President and he advised that America should not be drawn into European Affairs.
  • By the end of the 19th century and into the 20th century, America became one of the most powerful countries in the world.
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Why was George Washington important?

Completing the following tasks will help you to decide the relative importance of George Washington as compared to other American presidents.

  • Using the internet and help from your class teacher, find out when these men were President of the USA.
  • Arrange them in the correct chronological order.
  • Now try to find between one and four different reasons why these presidents have been considered to be important.
  • Write a paragraph explaining whether George Washington was more or less important then the other presidents.
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Remember

When judging the importance of an historical figure, as historians we should consider questions such as the following:

  • Did they have an important impact on historical events?
  • Were they successful?
  • Did their actions have a long-term impact on the world?
  • How did their actions compare to the actions and impact of other historical individuals?