First Family: George Washington’s Heirs and the Making of America with Cassandra Good | Virtual Course

Date / Time

  • October 5, 2023
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • October 19, 2023
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • November 2, 2023
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • November 16, 2023
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



  • Tuition for this course is $200. 10% off for Rosenbach members and the Delancey Society. Not a member? Learn more.
  • This course is limited to participants who are 18 years of age or older.
  • Please check your spam folder for your email confirmation. If you have questions, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].
  • This course meets virtually on Zoom. Sessions will be recorded.
  • Registration opens for Delancey Society members on Wednesday, August 16, for Rosenbach members on Wednesday, August 23, and for the general public on Wednesday, August 30.




Using Cassandra Good’s new book First Family, this course will follow the saga of George Washington’s celebrity stepgrandchildren from the Revolution to the Civil War. We’ll be going behind the scenes to learn about the research for the book and examine original documents and objects, including some in the Rosenbach’s collection. In our discussions, we’ll tackle big issues in early American history: What is the legacy of the founders? How did slavery coexist with ideals of liberty? What role did women play in early American politics? While this is a story of early America, it also raises questions for us today about the political power of families and, even more broadly, what defines family itself.  

First Family: George Washington’s Heirs and the Making of America Syllabus

About the instructor 

Cassandra Good is a historian and writer who has taught at Marymount University, George Washington University, and University of Mary Washington. She received her PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania. Her latest book, First Family: George Washington’s Heirs and the Making of America, was published by Hanover Square/Harper Collins in June 2023. She is also the author of Founding Friendships: Friendships Between Men and Women in the Early American Republic (Oxford, 2015) and narrated an audio course, “America’s Founding Women” for The Great Courses and She also has experience in museums, new media, and public history through her work at the Smithsonian Institution.