Ronald Reagan farewell address to the nation, January 11, 1989 [transcript]
Title:Ronald Reagan farewell address to the nation, January 11, 1989 [transcript]
Alternative Title:Farewell address by President Ronald Reagan
Creator:Reagan, Ronald
Contributor:United States. National Archives and Records Administration; White Burkett Miller Center; University of California, Santa Barbara
Publisher:Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Agency:U.S. National Archives; Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Date Published:1989
Pages:6 p.
Description:President Reagan mentions two triumphs from his presidency: the economic recovery and the recovery of American morale. He discusses America's changing relations with the Soviet Union and shares his regret for the deficit that deepened during his time in office. "If we forget what we did, we won't know who we are. I'm warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let's start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual." He concludes by addressing America's sense of patriotism and refers to the nation as "a shining city on a hill." "Once you begin a great movement, there's no telling where it will end. We meant to change a nation, and instead, we changed a world." The President spoke. from the Oval Office at the White House and the address was broadcast live on nationwide radio and television:
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (Utah):Speech
Internet Media Type:application/pdf
Topic:Government; History and culture
Subject (LCSH):Speeches, addresses, etc., American; Executive departments; Federal government; Presidents; Presidents--Transition periods; Presidents--Quotations; Cold War (1945-1989) in textbooks; Patriotism; Relations with Soviet Union; History; Culture
Place:United States,, 39.76, -98.5
Rights:United States government publications are not subject to copyright in the United States under 17 U.S.C §105. All informational materials in this government publication are in the public domain, and as such, are not restricted by copyright law unless otherwise stated. For more information please see
Collection:U.S. Federal Publications
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