Analysis Of George Washington's Farewell Address

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On September 19, 1796, George Washington, the first president of the United States, delivered his farewell address to the American people. In his address, he informed Americans that he would not run for a third term as president, but that he cared about America and would care about America until the day he died. Since he cared, he decided that he would deliver advice for the future on what the American people should and should not do. The advice he gave the American people could have helped them with problems they would face in the future. Based on President George Washington’s experiences, he advised Americans to stay united as a nation, follow the constitution, and stay neutral, because he predicted that these three issues could be a problem for the new nation and future Americans. Unity was something Washington believed was important. George Washington concluded after 8 years of presidency that unity was key to the success of the United States. In his address, he wrote that “the unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you” (pg 1 paragraph 2). The first president was trying to tell the American people that the unity of our government is important and should be important to the people. After 8 years, Washington watched and saw how Hamilton and Jefferson fought and how they were starting to divide into parties. He knew, as president that division could lead to fighting, which could lead to the weakening of America. The weakness of America
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