Addressing America: George Washington’s Farewell and the by Jeffrey Malanson

By Jeffrey Malanson

In his presidential Farewell deal with of 1796, George Washington offered a sequence of maxims to steer the development of a sensible overseas coverage. He believed, as did generations of his adherents, that if the U.S. stayed precise to the foundations he mentioned, the rustic could finally reach nationwide greatness and overseas respectability. those rules speedy turned engrained within the DNA of what it intended to be an American within the first half the 19th century, shaping the formation of U.S. overseas coverage, politics, and political tradition. The statement of Independence affirmed American beliefs, the structure tested American executive, and the Farewell deal with enabled american citizens to appreciate their nation and its position on this planet. whereas the assertion and structure have endured as foundational files, our appreciation for the Farewell tackle has light with time. via concentrating on the iconic impact of the Farewell deal with on nineteenth-century americans, and on their abiding devotion to Washington, writer Jeffrey Malanson brings the tackle again into the highlight for twenty-first-century readers. whilst electorate amassed on the town halls, urban commons, and native church buildings to commemorate Washington, engagement with the Farewell tackle was once a cornerstone in their celebrations. This annual rededication to Washington’s ideas made the Farewell deal with either a framework for the attainment of nationwide happiness and prosperity and a blueprint for nationwide protection, and it ended in its place because the relevant textual content by which voters of the early republic got here to appreciate the connections among the nation’s family and overseas goals. via its specialize in the diplomatic, political, and cultural affects of Washington’s Farewell tackle, Addressing the US reasserts the elemental value of this severe rfile to the advance of the USA within the first half the 19th century.

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