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Washington's Birthday

Amy A. Kass & Leon Kass

Why do we have national public holidays? What does each—and what do all—contribute to our common life as Americans? The American Calendar series explores the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.

Celebrating George Washington
Why should a nation that loves equality single out one man for special honors? Examine the words and deeds of the “Father of Our Country” and consider the qualities of leadership needed for the flourishing of our nation.

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