Washington’s Farewell Address Mnemonic

In his farewell address Washington warned against evils of political parties and the danger of permanent foreign alliances (like treaty with France).

Stay Away from Foreign Entanglements.   The “$” in this mnemonic is a dollar sign because Washington encouraged commercial ties to build the economy.

Isolationism became dominant U.S. foreign policy for next 100 years.   We departed for this advice…

1898 – The Spanish American and War

1917 – Attempted isolation during World War I. The Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles and the U.S. did not join the League of Nations/

1945 – At the conclusion of World War II the United States joined the United Nations (1945) ending the


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