Courtesy of Library of Congress, Washington, George, "George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 24, April 3, 1793 - March 3, 1797," 19 September 1796
When he decided not to run for a third term as president, George Washington wrote a farewell to the nation. In his "Farewell Address," Washington offered his advice to the citizens of the United States. His key points were to warn Americans against the danger of political parties, to remain neutral in foreign conflicts and to celebrate their achievements.
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- What is George Washington's opinion of political parties? Give two to three examples of what Washington thinks will happen if Americans participate in political parties.
- What does Washington think should draw Americans together?
- Think about politics today as you consider Washington's advice about political parties. Do you agree or disagree with his predictions?
Washington, George, "George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 24, April 3, 1793 - March 3, 1797," 19 September 1796. Courtesy of Library of Congress