George Washington’s Hair

George Washington’s Hair

How Early Americans Remembered the Founders

hidden from public view, like an embarrassing family secret, scores of putative locks of George Washington’s hair are held, more than two centuries after his death, in the collections of America’s historical societies, public and academic archives, and museums. Excavating the origins of these bodily artifacts, Keith Beutler, PhD ’05 uncovers a forgotten strand of early American memory practices and emerging patriotic identity.
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