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The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

Key insights from Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch's

The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington


Key insights from Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch's

The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

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Discover the hidden espionage that shaped the American Revolution.

Most Americans know about the definitive battles that shaped the fight for American independence. However, one overlooked story could have changed the entire outcome of the Revolutionary War: the scheme to assassinate George Washington. In this Snapshot, you will learn about the plot to kill the Continental Army’s commander in chief and destabilize the colonial war effort, the people who discovered and deflated this conspiracy, and how their efforts laid the groundwork for American espionage.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Like learning about American history
  • Want to hear lesser-known stories of the American Revolution
  • Are interested in the life and trials of George Washington
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Introduction

June 1776 was a tumultuous time for the American colonies. In New York City, a ragtag army of colonial farmers amassed its forces and anxiously prepared for retaliatory violence from British troops. In Philadelphia, the Continental Congress, in the middle of outlining the Declaration of Independence, recognized the inevitability of war. These were important weeks for the scattered colonies that hoped to coalesce into a nation.

However, in the midst of these unforgettable events, one conspiracy threatened to jeopardize the strategy for colonial liberation. Unbeknownst to many,...

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