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George Washington's liberty key : Mount Vernon's Bastille key-- the mystery and magic of its body, mind, and soul

Author: William J Bahr
Publisher: Bloomingdale, IL : IBEX Systems, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"This book is about the most interesting key ever made, which now hangs in the central passageway of George Washington's Mount Vernon mansion, helping to greet over a million visitors a year. The main key to the Bastille prison in Paris, it was given in 1790 to Washington, the patriarch of liberty, by his missionary, the Marquis de Lafayette, who took the "sacred fire of liberty" he discovered in America and tried  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William J Bahr
ISBN: 9781537323374 1537323377
OCLC Number: 966450807
Description: 240 pages : black and white illustrations ; 23 cm
Responsibility: William J. Bahr.

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"This book is about the most interesting key ever made, which now hangs in the central passageway of George Washington's Mount Vernon mansion, helping to greet over a million visitors a year. The main key to the Bastille prison in Paris, it was given in 1790 to Washington, the patriarch of liberty, by his missionary, the Marquis de Lafayette, who took the "sacred fire of liberty" he discovered in America and tried to fan its flames in France. Become a history detective and find out how this unique key was made, how the man who made it helped kill a king, and how it made its way to Mount Vernon. Along the way, learn about the interesting and unexpected twists and turns made in unlocking the doors hiding the truth about the key, which some (incorrectly) argue is a counterfeit. Then learn what Washington and Lafayette each believed was the "key" to establishing and maintaining liberty, and what went right and wrong in their respective revolutions. Finally, learn how the key continues to inspire a world-wide devotion to freedom."--

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Pun(ch)-key?

by MStc (WorldCat user published 2017-04-10) Excellent Permalink

Great book not about paczki, but maybe a pun(ch)-key?  This solid, scholarly work on Bastille keys, especially the Mount Vernon Bastille Key, is liberally filled with puns, pictures, and most of all, highly interesting facts not easily found elsewhere, all of which bring history alive.  The...
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Super Historical Review!

by Serendam (WorldCat user published 2017-07-24) Excellent Permalink

Author Bill Bahr (a.k.a. the Scribbler) takes you on a historical journey into the late 18th century using George Washington's Bastille key (Ferrous) as your travel guide. This unique way of presenting history opens the valuable past, that is American and...
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Ferrous Bahr's Day Off?

by Reader_150 (WorldCat user published 2017-07-25) Excellent Permalink

Full of solid, deep research into Mt. Vernon's Bastille Key, this book both informs and entertains on a number of levels.  As well as bringing to light little known but interesting facts about America's and France's fight for freedom, the book gives readers a horde of literary gems just waiting...
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Fantastic Analysis!

by BobWhite (WorldCat user published 2017-05-26) Excellent Permalink

I was fascinated by the author's drawing together a great number of facts on a wide range of topics involving Mount Vernon's Bastille Key, analyzing them, and then drawing compelling conclusions.  Highly enjoyable, kept me interested from page one! Later found even more interesting information...
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