Washington’s Resignation Speech (Final Draft)


    he speech, scholars say, was a turning point in U.S. history. By resigning his commission as commander in chief to the Continental Congress, Washington laid the cornerstone for an American principle that persists today: Civilians, not generals, are ultimately in charge of military power.

    Washington's Resignation Speech
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    speech, washington, historic, resignation
    Other: Date of acquisition
    22 Jan 2007
    Other: Owner
    Maryland State Archives

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    Created: 20 Feb 2007

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