George Washington's Speech Analysis

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America’s path from George Washington’s Farewell Address to FDR’s Four Freedoms Speech has been one of increasing involvement on the world stage. In 1796, America had only been an independent nation separated from mother England for twenty years. Naturally, the dangers of being made subservient to another nation were more real, having so recently been a reality. Washington’s remarks that “attachments [to foreign nations] are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot” (Source A), then, make perfect sense given the fresh memories of British rule that Americans still had. By 1941, America had undergone numerous changes. As Roosevelt explains early in his speech, “Americans in 48 States have forgotten points of the
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