According to David McCullough, "Our Failure, Our Duty" represents how people in today's age have failed to share the stories of the past with today's generation. However, it then becomes our duty to share these stories of the past in order to prevent future generations from becoming historically illiterate
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The first person to come to mind when thinking about who represents "Our Failure, Our Duty" the best George Washington. for McCullough, not only does the failing to share the stories of the past to have to do with the topic, it also deals with the failures and duties of Washington himself
Due to all going on in America at the time, Washington resigns as president and writes a Farewell Address to the nation. In his address, he provides the country with warnings and guidelines to follow so that they may continue to thrive as the country he envisioned them to be.
Washington stressed in his speech that the country avoid long-term alliance with foreign nations, avoid the formation of political parties since it would create division and result in the termination of unity in this country, and that fair equitable trade would help benefit the nation's economy in the best way possible.