A Sacred Union of Citizens: George Washington's Farewell Address and the American Character

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 1998 - History - 240 pages
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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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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Remembering Washingtons Legacy
1
Establishing the National Character
9
Friends and Fellow Citizens
45
Our Interest Guided by Our Justice
91
Washington and the American Political Tradition
141
Truths Important at All Times
169
Farewell Address
175
Notes
189
Index
213
About the Authors
217
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Lee Edwards is Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought in the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation. A prolific writer, Dr. Edwards has been published in many top publications and has written many books. He is now an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America. He was founding director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University and is currently chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

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