George Washington: The Farewell Address (2018)

[95 minutes]

A Film by Billy Tooma & Tony Calandrillo

Produced by C. Bríd Nicholson

Interviews with Mark Edward Lender, Maxine N. Lurie,
Jonathan Mercantini, William B. Rogers, John T. Shaw


Opening & Closing Narration by Shaheed K. Woods

David Hunscher as the voice of George Washington


Original Artwork by Najee R. Smith

Original Score Composed by Will Lewis

Production Assistants - Natacha Lima, Andre Da Silva

 

After having been elected to two terms as the first President of the United States of America, George Washington opted to not seek a third. In the last year of his presidency, he enlisted Alexander Hamilton to help him draft a letter to the American people, explaining his decision against running for reelection and to also convey some parting words of advice to the citizens of the still-young republic. It was first published in David C. Claypoole's American Daily Advertiser on September 19, 1796, before being reprinted in newspapers across the nation.

This documentary features a full recitation of Washington’s valediction along with in-depth analysis by experts on topics including, but not limited to: political parties, international alliances, free trade, and war. It is a case study on the United States’ formative years under the Constitution as well as a reflection upon the inaugural head of the new federal government’s executive branch.


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