George Washington’s Farewell Address and First Inaugural Address | A Primary Source Close Read w/BRI
Kicking off our summer Close Reading series, BRI staff Kirk and Tony explore two of George Washington's most famous works, his Farewell Address and his First Inaugural Address, to understand what qualities made Washington a great leader. What underlying principles informed Washington's actions? And how did he see his role in charting the future of a nation?
Washington’s First Inaugural Address, 1789
Use this primary source text to explore key historical events.
Under My Vine and Fig Tree: George Washington’s Resignation and Integrity
In this lesson, students will learn about the presidency of George Washington and how it was shaped by integrity. Through this example, students will learn how they can pursue integrity in their own lives.
George Washington and Self-Governance
This lesson provides a look at the virtue of self-governance through the life of George Washington. Self-governance is defined as being self-controlled, avoiding extremes, and not being excessively influenced or controlled by others. This lesson explores how George Washington’s self-governance influenced the early republic and how it influences what we value in both citizens and leaders.