Washington was seen as symbolizing the new nation and republicanism in practice. His devotion to civic virtue made him an exemplary figure among early American politicians.
George Washington in "Must and Shall"Edit
George Washington was revered by both sides during the Great Rebellion, and this reverence continued as late as 1942. An advantage of this was that American currency bearing Washington's portrait was considered acceptable tender by malcontent whites in the former Confederate States, in stark contrast to their notorious boycott of the Lincoln half-dollar.
George Washington in The Guns of the SouthEdit
George Washington was a hero to both the United States and the Confederacy. In the CSA, his birthday was celebrated fondly, and a statue of him stood proudly in Capitol Square in Richmond. In the USA, a monument was being built to him in his namesake city, and his name was invoked by former President Abraham Lincoln in his Good Friday speech to the people of Louisville, as a reminder of the history they would forsake by seceding from the Union.
George Washington in Southern VictoryEdit
As a military hero and the first U.S. President, George Washington was universally revered as a major Founding Father and one of the most memorable presidents in U.S. history. Also after it broke into two mutually antagonistic nations during the War of Secession, U.S. historians continued to so regard Washington, alongside Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt as the most memorable of presidents.
However, the general public did not always remember the Virginia-born Washington kindly after the War of Secession. Northerners in general preferred to remember Northern Founding Fathers such as John Adams, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin. Nonetheless, the U.S. rebuilt the Washington Monument after it was destroyed during the Great War.
Before 1920, the Confederate States esteemed Washington as a Founding Father as well, but generally preferred their own founding fathers such as John C. Calhoun, Jefferson Davis, and Robert E. Lee. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson invoked George Washington in his speech asking for Congress for a declaration of war against the USA while speaking in Richmond.
The Freedom Party in its earliest phase, while still under Anthony Dresser, used George Washington's picture as an emblem, with the slogan "We need a New Revolution". Jake Featherston, who considered Washington to have "sold out the South to the damnyankees" stopped that custom when he took over the party. Many Confederates did view Washington with some suspicion in the years after the Great War, but still thought of him as a Virginian first, and President of the United States second. Washington University in Lexington, Virginia, home of the Confederacy's effort to build a superbomb, retained its name, and the statue of Washington that stood in Richmond survived both Great Wars.
George Washington in The Disunited States of AmericaEdit
George Washington was remembered in North America as a great general for his service in the Revolutionary War, even though the United States fell apart in the early 1800s. A statue of Washington stood in Richmond. Justin Monroe noted that it was very different from the statue in the home timeline's Richmond.
George Washington in The Two GeorgesEdit
Colonel George Washington was part of group of American colonists who met with King George III, and were able to put in place an 11th-hour agreement avoiding revolution. Washington and the King were immortalised in a Thomas Gainsborough painting entitled The Two Georges, which came to symbolise the friendship between the North American Union and the Kingdom of Great Britain. In his later career as the Governor-General of the North American Union, Washington implemented a policy which halted for some decades the westward expansion of White settlement and gave some Red Indian tribes, such as the Iroquois and the Cherokees, the chance to modernise and consolidate ownership of much of their lands. For that reason he was greatly revered by the Indians, and the Iroquois believed him to be the only white person admitted to their religion's version of Heaven.
When the racialist paramilitary group known as the Sons of Liberty, who sought a severing of all NAU ties with the British Empire, stole The Two Georges painting in 1995, the note they left behind contained the saying, "Washington was a traitor."
- References to Historical Figures in Turtledove's Work#George Washington, for more minor references to Washington.
- Victor Radcliff, a fictional character who appears in the Atlantis series, and plays a role in the United States of Atlantis that is virtually identical to Washington's role in the United States of America.
- George Washington at the Eric Flint Wiki
- George Washington at the For Want of a Nail Wiki
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