National Geographic: The Real George Washington (2008).

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National Geographic: The Real George Washington (2008) George Washington was a natural-born leader. If the stature of a six-foot-two-inch man was not indicative of natural leadership, Washington’s humility, integrity, and military prowess, was. Yet a man of very few words, Washington could command militias with a single raised arm, and lead an infant-country on bended knee. Washington was a leader through action; he was not verbose, ambiguous, or bombastic. Knowing this, Washington led America (along with many other Founding Fathers) by standard of living, rather than legislation, in encouraging emancipation for slaves and believing in their equality, actively involving women, and applying power when necessary and relinquishing that power…show more content…
This was one of the first historical instances of racial equality, and the belief that race does not determine intellect. Deborah Sampson was the first American woman to have posed as a man, in order to engage in combat. A previously indentured servant without much support from home, Sampson had attained considerable physical strength and had appeared masculine with ease. Through the binding of her chest and the change of her name to Robert Shurtleff, Sampson had hand-sewn a man’s uniform, walked thirty miles to Middleborough and enlisted at the age of twenty-one in the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army. Within a few months, Sampson had attained an injury to her head (which she doctored herself) and a musket ball shot to her left thigh. Being taken to the surgeon, Sampson deflected and presented only the injury to her head and later attempted to dig the musket ball out of her thigh with a knife. This injury would affect her for the rest of her life. In Philadelphia, Sampson was reassigned to General John Patterson and had, within a few months, fallen ill to fever. Doctor Barnabas Binney discovered her gender while tending to her fever and had made a gallant effort to keep the secret. Alas, word got out and General John Patterson notified the chain of command, George Washington. After noting her experience and injuries, Washington ordered Sampson to be honorably discharged (Freeman, 1992). General Knox presented letters of testimony to

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