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

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

by Matthew Spalding, Patrick J. Garrity
 
One of the most influential but misunderstood expressions of American political thought, George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address is placed in the full context of American history and the authors explain 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

Overview

One of the most influential but misunderstood expressions of American political thought, George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address is placed in the full context of American history and the authors explain 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.

Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review
Spalding's and Garrity's work is a convincing argument for the importance of Washington's ideas for our time.
Booklist
. . . a definitive analysis of George Washington's farewell address . . .
— Margaret Flanagan
National Review
Two hundred years after The Farewell Address was published, Matthew Spalding and Patrick J. Garrity help Washington speak once more to his 'Friends and Fellow Citizens'.
— Richard Brookhiser
The Weekly Standard
Spalding and Garrity show how George Washington was able to help shape the hearts of his countrymen—and how Washington's speeches and deeds can help shape them still. An intelligent and important work.
The Washington Times
In this impressive volume, Mr. Spalding and Mr. Garrity see a great lesson in Washington's Farewell Address . . . . This book is a major contribution to Washington scholarship.
Richmond Times
It is worth sampling and the Farewell Address itself is definantly worth reading . . .
Booklist - Margaret Flanagan
. . . a definitive analysis of George Washington's farewell address . . .
William A. Galston
This marvelous book helps to renew our understanding of George Washington's enormous contribution to the founding of our country, and of the continuing relevance of his example to the problems we face today.
Walter Berns
This splendid volume, reminds us of how much we owe to George Washington.
National Review - Richard Brookhiser
Two hundred years after The Farewell Address was published, Matthew Spalding and Patrick J. Garrity help Washington speak once more to his 'Friends and Fellow Citizens'.
Daniel J. Boorstin
On its two-hundredth anniversary, it is appropriate for Americans to remember and reconsider this great document. A Sacred Union of Citizens is a contribution not only to the current renaissance in Washington scholarship but also to contemporary debates about citizenship and the American character.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
It is worth sampling and the Farewell Address itself is definantly worth reading . . .
Library Journal
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 popular literature on this seminal address. (There would not be another significant one until Eisenhower's warning about the military-industrial complex 164 years later.) Despite rumblings about Francophobic touches, the farewell address is a document that attempts to set out a rationale for the Union and its conservative foreign policy. Yet Spalding (Heritage Foundation) and Garrity (Claremont Inst.) focus as much on the effect of Washington's character on the new republic as on his speech. The first few chapters constitute a brief biography that gets us past the mythological facade that Parson Weems created. The bulk of the book outlines Washington's efforts to impress his character traits on the new government and to establish its course. With the full text of the farewell address appended, this is a good choice for both academic and public libraries.James Doyle, Macomb Community Coll., Warren, Mich.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847682614
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/30/1996
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Spalding is a political scientist who works at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Patrick J. Garrity, a foreign policy expert, is currently a visiting fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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