Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | December 10, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—December 11, 2009: Washington’s Farewell Address

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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George Washington (1732 – 1799) was the first president of the United States of America.  He died on December 14, 1799 after falling ill with laryngitis and pneumonia.

This week’s text is Washington’s Farewell Address (1796), which was first published by David Claypoole’s American Daily Advertiser in Philadelphia. In it, Washington warns about the dangers of sectionalism, party politics, and permanent foreign alliances—many of which are as pressing today as they were in Washington’s time.

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event! You can find Washington’s text at these websites:

http://www.bartleby.com/43/24.html

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/washing.asp

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/farewell/sd106-21.pdf

http://www.ushistory.org/documents/farewelladdress.htm

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