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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 6 months ago

Did Washington chop down a cherry tree?

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  • 6 months ago

    A Washington version of a parable.

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  • blu
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    6 months ago

    "Father, I Can Not Tell a Lie: I Cut the Tree," engraving by John C. McRae, 1867. The cherry tree myth is the most well-known and longest enduring legend about George Washington. In the original story, when Washington was six years old he received a hatchet as a gift and damaged his father's cherry tree.

    https://www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory...

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  • 6 months ago

    Nope, that was a story made up by Mason Locke Weems as a parable about honesty. Ironic there.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he really did at some point in his life. They are popularly grown in the Virginia region. But the whole tale of him chopping one down as a kid and not lying about it is made up purely for the sake of being a moral lesson.

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