Washington Creates the Nation
The American Revolution did not end in 1783. That Revolution lasted from 1775 to 1796 and ended with George Washington's Farewell Address. Throughout those 21 years, it was George Washington who led the fight for the creation of the American Republic. For the next two weeks, we shall examine Washington's leadership in the adopt of the United States Constitution, a fight he began during the War itself, and which concluded with the ratification of the Constitution in 1788.
Washington was never just fighting against the British. He fought for the creation of a sovereign Republic, committed to human progress and grounded in the principles of the Declaration of Independence.
Washington created the American Republic. Lincoln rescued it and advanced it to a higher level. Today, in a time of great danger, it is our task to rescue it once again, to reestablish it, and like Lincoln, to advance it to meet the challenges of the 21st century.