Eisenhower's Farwell Address

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Eisenhower's Farewell Address

Recent American History HIS 340

July 8, 2011

Eisenhower's Farewell Address

How one is remembered is usually done by the way they say farewell and this statement holds true for Dwight D. Eisenhower. In his farewell address as president of the United States, he spoke of several warnings, Americas basic purposes, and what the American people should strive to achieve. Eisenhower was proud to be part of this country and be the president.

The warnings Eisenhower spoke of, according to Moss & Thomas (2010), were the Communist menace, squandering the nations resources, and spending to much on either welfare or warfare. The most famous part of his speech warned of the power of the military establishment and its corporate clients (p.96). These warnings were spoke of to let the people know that planning for the future was just as important as living one day at a time.

Eisenhower's basic purposes for America, as stated in the Farewell Address (2010), were to keep the peace, to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity, and integrity among people and among nations. Eisenhower wanted to figure out how all the people in the world could co-exist peacefully.

Eisenhower's last plea to the American people was all about striving. According to Farewell Address (2010), Eisenhower said he and his fellow citizens needed to be strong in faith that all nations, under God, would reach the goal of peace and justice. Also may we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, and diligent in pursuit of the nations great goals.

To conclude, Eisenhower's farewell address with all its warnings, basic purposes, and what the American people needed to work toward, was a speech given by a man who seemed to care abut this country and to see this nation grow and prosper without having to be in more wars.


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