by President George Washington
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To His Excellency, General Washington
- Phillis Wheatley
Written by Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784), a former slave and the first published African-American female poet in U.S. history, it is an ode to the future first president, commending his achievements as general in the American Revolutionary War.Pair “To His Excellency, General Washington” with “Washington’s Farewell Address” and ask students to discuss the legacy of George Washington.
Richard Nixon’s Resignation Speech
- President Richard M. Nixon
“Richard Nixon’s Resignation Speech” explains how Nixon is resigning from the office of president for the good of the American people and focuses on the positive elements of Nixon’s legacy.Pair “Richard Nixon’s Resignation Speech” with “Washington’s Farewell Address” and ask students to contrast the final official speeches of the two presidents facing different circumstances and popularity levels. Ask students to analyze the different rhetoric used by the two statesmen given their different situations.
The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations
In “The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations,” this informational text explores how the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the establishment of the League of Nations failed to secure peace.Pair “Washington’s Farewell Address” with “The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations” and ask students to discuss American politics during the WWI and inter-war era. Why was the United States so intent on staying out of the conflict? Assign this text as a challenge to students with higher reading level comprehension.
The Monroe Doctrine and American Imperialism
- Mike Kubic
In “The Monroe Doctrine,” Mike Kubic discusses the parameters of the Monroe Doctrine, its impacts on the nation, as well as its global influence.Pair “Washington’s Farewell Address” with “The Monroe Doctrine” to allow students to further explore the advice of Washington referenced in Mike Kubic’s text. What additional comments does Washington make regarding the United States’ involvement with other countries? Why does Washington believe it is best if the United States does not involve itself with the “foreign world?"