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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We must take human nature as we find it , ” Washington wrote . “ Perfection falls
not to the share of mortals . ” Only a vigorous , national , republican government
could demonstrate to the advocates of despotism that Americans were capable of
I presume it will be unnecessary for me to say that I have entered upon my office
without the constraint of a single engagement , ” Washington wrote James Wilson
, “ and that I never wish to depart from that line of conduct which will always ...
Rufus King , in London , wrote to John Quincy Adams that “ the topics he has
discussed are very interesting to our Happiness and I think the performance will
add to his reputation . ” Young Adams wrote to a correspondent that “ I am sure
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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 ... Baca ulasan lengkap
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