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The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  5 ratings  ·  4 reviews
An insightful biography of Mary Ball Washington, the mother of our nation's father

The Widow Washington is the first life of Mary Ball Washington, George Washington's mother, based on archival sources. Her son's biographers have, for the most part, painted her as self-centered and crude, a trial and an obstacle to her son. But the records tell a very different story. Mary B
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 11th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Donna Pingry
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The detail recorded by the author truly amazed me. Years of school books did not prepare me for the facts itemized in this story. I was aware that women weren't treated very well in the prewar English colonies. Life was short. There was disease. Babies and husbands died young. But families took care of each other, didn't they? Women didn't mistreat slaves or separate children from their parents, did they? Sometimes I liked Mary Washington. She was a woman accustomed to frugality and hard work. S ...more
SusanS
Apr 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Book Court - Where I'm the Judge and Jury

CHARGE (What is the author trying to say?): To explore why Mary Ball Washington, the mother of George Washington, has never been recognized for her influence on t’he life of George Washington.

FACTS: With the author’s acknowledgment of the lack of primary sources about the life of Mary, Ball, she then goes on to spend much effort outlining how her life might have unfolded. This proved rather tedious. The prologue states: “I am not normally drawn to write a
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Renea
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I clearly remember during my freshman orientation at Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington,) being asked if anyone knew who Mary Washington was. Of course we know her as the mother of our country’s first president, but not much is known about her as a person. Martha Saxton does a fine job painting a picture of what Mary Washington’s life was like, drawing from lim
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Rachel Fox
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Widow Washington by Martha Saxton is about, what some might say, a misunderstood woman of history, Mary Ball Washington, the mother of George Washington.
Mary had her strengths and weaknesses. Yes, she was a religious, hard-working woman in a time that was definitely not a friend to the female gender. The cards were stacked against her, and in some circumstances she came ahead and persevered. In others, you were pushed to dislike her in how she treated others , , in what I would call , misse
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