Communications and Empire: George Washington's Farewell Address and Republican Diplomacy

30 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2014 Last revised: 11 Nov 2014

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Michael S. Kochin

Tel Aviv University - Political Science

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Washington helped shape the politically most salient information technology of his day: the publicly provided circulation of newspapers through the mail. Washington then used this technology in his Farewell Address in order to educate his "Friends and Fellow Citizens" to their foreign policy duty as a democratic public: their duty to hold their leaders intelligently accountable for those leaders' foreign policy decisions.

Keywords: George Washington, postal service, media, republicanism, Empire, newspapers, Indians

Suggested Citation

Kochin, Michael S., Communications and Empire: George Washington's Farewell Address and Republican Diplomacy (2014). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2452421

Michael S. Kochin (Contact Author)

Tel Aviv University - Political Science ( email )

Tel-Aviv, 69978
Israel

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