Introduction to George Washington’s Farewell Address
George Washington’s Farewell Address upon resigning the presidency of the United States was drafted by both Washington and Alexander Hamilton in a collaborative endeavor encompassing several drafts. The University of Virginia, which maintains a digital archive of President Washington’s papers, has a useful summary of the text’s revision history. As you read the Farewell Address, take note of both the tone and substance of Washington’s argument. This document remains relevant, as many of the political issues discussed by Washington continue to be challenges faced by the United States in contemporary times. Reflect upon whether you agree or disagree with Washington’s recommendations, and why.