A Sacred Union of Citizens: George Washington's Farewell Address and the American Character
On the two-hundredth anniversary of George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address - one of the most influential but misunderstood expressions of American political thought - this book places the Address in the full context of American history and explains its enduring relevance for the next century. Generations of American political leaders have invoked the authority of the Address to shape foreign and domestic policy. With discussions about national character and personal responsibility dominating the current political landscape, there has been a resurgence of interest in the character of the nation's founders, particularly Washington's.
The authors show how the Address expressed Washington's ideas for forming a national character that would cultivate the habits, morals, and civic virtues essential for stable republican self-government. An insightful and provocative analysis of the past, present, and future of American democracy and its most important citizen, this book will be of value to anyone concerned about the current state of American citizenship and the future role of the federal government.
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Early in the Farewell Address , Washington presented his sentiments as the “
disinterested warnings of a parting friend , ” while toward the end he made
reference to “ these counsels of an old and affectionate friend . ” 82 These two
but “ Union and brotherly affection be perpetual . ” This was reminiscent of
Washington ' s description of his Revolutionary War soldiers as having become a
“ patriotic band of Brothers . ” This should be seen in contrast to his warning , in
A few months after the Farewell Address appeared , Jefferson would write in the
same spirit : “ Our countrymen have divided themselves by such strong affections
, to the French & the English , that nothing will secure us internally but a divorce ...
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In this election year, it's fitting to remember our only unopposed president and the farewell address that set the standard. Congress regularly reprints it, but there has been little analytical ... Leer comentario completo
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