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George Washington’ Foreign Policy: Comparisons across U.S. History

In this lesson, developed by and included with the permission of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, students will connect George Washington’s Farewell Address to the following later presidential foreign policy messages:

  1. Monroe Doctrine
  2. Roosevelt Corollary
  3. Wilson’s Fourteen Points
  4. Truman Doctrine
  5. Kennedy’s inaugural address
  6. George W. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address
  • Students will analyze Washington’s Farewell Address in the context of his legacy and U.S. foreign policy afterward.
  • Students will compare and contrast U.S. foreign policy over time using primary sources.
  • Students will work as a group to come to a consensus and present.
  • Students will participate in a Socratic Seminar and debate the course of U.S. foreign policy since George Washington.

Visit Mount Vernon’s website to access this lesson and accompanying materials.