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Washington to Schuyler: Trepidation about Being President, May 9, 1789

Letter. George Washington to Philip Schuyler regarding trepidations about being President

Letter. George Washington to Philip Schuyler regarding trepidations about being President

New York State Library, NYSL_SC19811_B1_F7
 
Document Description
Letter from George Washington to Philip Schuyler about trepidations about becoming President, May 9, 1789.
 

Historical Context
As the new nation emerged from the American Revolution, new issues arose for the political leaders. Originally protected by Great Britain’s large and powerful military, the “united” states now required their own means of defense and diplomacy. New political issues emerged, including: leading the “united” states; managing western territories; defending crucial ports and harbors; and negotiating relations with Native American groups.    
 
 
Essential Question
What new political issues arose for the United States as a result of the Revolutionary War?