You probably know the Cherry Tree Fable as a story about honesty. Its author, though, meant it as a biblical environmental parable.
Few American childhoods have been as mythologized as much as has George Washington’s. The quantity of fictional accounts could almost break a bookshelf. But even fiction carries truths—and knowing the real story is not as impossible as it sometimes seems. This lecture takes the audience through what decades of archeological and documentary research tells us about young Washington and also what has been behind some of that childhood’s best-known made-up stories. Spoiler alert: it is about a lot more than simply not telling a lie.