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What President George Washington’s 1796 farewell address can tell us about our country now




A statue of George Washington at Federal Hall is covered in snow following a major winter storm on February 9, 2013 in New York City.
A statue of George Washington at Federal Hall is covered in snow following a major winter storm on February 9, 2013 in New York City.
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It used to be one of the most widely read political documents in the country, but President George Washington’s farewell address has now become largely forgotten by the public.

Book cover.
Book cover.

With the help of James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, Washington laid out what he saw were the forces that threatened the nation: hyper-partisanship, foreign influence on our government, excessive debt, to name a few. Sounds familiar?

In the new book, “Washington’s Farewell,” author and Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon revisits this important piece of writing to draw inspiration for how we can heal our country today.

Guest:

John Avlon, editor-in-chief of the news site, “The Daily Beast” and author of the book, “Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations” (Simon & Schuster, 2017)