History CeAnne Harbin
September 29, 1986 Period – Four
Extra Credit – “Washington”
The teacher wrote “Organization superb- could be strengthened by specific example. 100 substitute grade + 20”
In history we learn about accomplishments of historical figures. Georg Washington was the first president. Alexander Hamilton first saw the need to form a union with in the thirteen colonies. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration on Independence.
Believe it or not, these mighty leaders were human too. They had fears and weaknesses just like you and me.
George Washington looked for his support through his wife Martha. She was his best friend he trusted her with all his secrets. Imagine, our first president leaned on his wife more than his government helpers. To some this would seem a bad move. But Martha was a strong, faithful, and intelligent woman. Teacher wrote in the margin “giving a specific example would have added strength to your paper”. In fact Mr. Washington did the United States a great favor by leaning on Martha. She gave confidence and stood behind what he thought was right.
Alexander Hamilton’s wife became ill after child-birth and, at first, couldn’t be with him. He was all alone in a situation that he needed his wife’s love and support. Mr. Hamilton was so desperate for some type of encouragement that he began having an affair. His mistresses’ Teachers note “ I don’t think you could ever use this term. Hamilton was trapped by foolishness. Mistress is a choice long-term relationship”. Husband had left her and she was stuck in a place Teachers note “ The woman with whom he had an affair was also alone” where she didn’t know anyone. So, see even the highly regarded Mr. Hamilton made some bad decisions. His wife came back and got back on the right road. He wasn’t a bad man, just a person with needs that couldn’t be met at the time.
Jefferson was a strict conservative. He believed that what the constitution said was the absolute rule. No flexibility! No exceptions! But even he gave in when Napoleon offered him Louisiana and the Mississippi river. But the constitution said nothing about buying land from other countries. In his haste to get it before Napoleon changed his mind, he did something he swore he’d never do. No flexibility! No exceptions!
Everything turned out okay, but I’m sure at first he thought he was the worst hypocrite on earth.
George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson, were all mighty, glorious leaders. Yet all were humans with fears and weaknesses.