Questions — Storybook George
Historians use primary documents from the time period of George Washington's life to try and figure out what stories about him are myths and what really happened.
1. OK, it's time to find out the real story. Read the sentences from the letter to George Washington from his dentist, John Greenwood, below. If you're feeling brave, try to read the handwriting in the originial document beneath that.
2. One thing historians must keep in mind when working with Washington's letters is whether he really wrote them. We have to be careful of forgeries, or fake documents that neither Washington nor his secretaries wrote.
Take a look at this sample of Washington's handwriting immediately below. Then, looking at the following two documents, see if you can tell which is an authentic,or the one that Washington really wrote, and which is a forgery.
Now click on the note you think Washington wrote himself.