Dwight D. Eisenhower: Farewell Address

(1961)

On January 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the onetime five-star general who had by then honed his skills and charisma as a consummate television communicator, gave his final televised speech from the Oval Office. One main purpose of his Farewell Address was to powerfully remind the nation that of four catastrophic wars in the twentieth century, three had seen the United States embroiled in the conflict. This Eisenhower conversation piece came to be known as the “military-industrial complex” speech, as that term became popularized by his use of it here.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell Address (National Archives and Records Administration)

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