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    Prevention of war Speech by Democratic presidential candidate James M. Cox. "The supreme issue of the century is before us...The League of Nations is in operation. I am in favor of going in."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Cox, James M. (James Middleton)
    • Date: 1918
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    What are we fighting for?
    What are we fight for?
    Speech by Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise, in which Dr. Wise poses the question: "What are we fighting for? My answer to mothers and fathers is, enviable and even glorious is your lot to give your son or bless their dedication to the highest and holiest of causes in which a people was ever engaged."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Wise, Stephen S. (Stephen Samuel) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
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    League of Nations A speech by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator from Ohio, encouraging reservations to the League of Nations Covenant, "I do not believe it will break the heart of the world to make this Covenant right."
    • Contributor: Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
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    Law and order Speech by Calvin Coolidge, Governor of Massachusetts. "Government is not and must not be a cold, impersonal machine...government must govern. To obey is life; to disobey is death. Organized government is the expression of the life of the commonwealth." Coolidge calls for opposing "imported ideas" and for "prosecution of the criminals and education of the ignorant."
    • Contributor: Coolidge, Calvin - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1920
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    Save America Speech by Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University. "There are elements in our population which teach doctrines that sound strange to the American ear. Such men frankly proclaim their preference for the political philosophy of Lenin and Trotsky to those of Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Webster and Lincoln. The issue is a preservation of the American form of government, with its incomparable blessing of...
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Butler, Nicholas Murray - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1920
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    The World War Speech by Governor James M. Cox. "A world war has been fought, historic, unprecedented. For many, many months civilization hung in the balance. In the despair of dark hours it seemed as though a world dictator was inevitable. The very soul of America was touched with the fear that our liberties might be taken away."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Cox, James M. (James Middleton)
    • Date: 1920
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    Democratic achievement Speech by Champ Clark, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. "We stand proudly on our unimpeachable record in peace and war... While in seven years since we came into possession of the executive and legislative branches of the government, Democrats have said and written many fine things."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Clark, Champ
    • Date: 1920
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    Theodore Roosevelt Speech by General Leonard Wood. "Theodore Roosevelt was the most dominating and inspiring character in American life except for Lincoln ... He loved America."
    • Contributor: Wood, Leonard - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1920
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    An association of nations Speech by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator from Ohio. "My countrymen. We believe the unspeakable sorrows, the immeasurable sacrifices, the awakened convictions, and the aspiring conscience of humankind must commit the nations of the earth to a new and better relationship."
    • Contributor: Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1920
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    Confidence in government Speech by Democratic Presidential candidate James M. Cox. "We want our people to have an abiding confidence in government. But no readjustment made under reactionary auspices will earn with it the confidence of the country."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Cox, James M. (James Middleton)
    • Date: 1920
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    America's accomplishment Speech by Breckinridge Long, Assistant Secretary of State. "We accomplished our set purpose in an incredibly short time to the bewilderment of the yet admiring world."
    • Contributor: A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Long, Breckinridge
    • Date: 1920
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    The republic must awaken Speech by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator from Ohio. "My countrymen: the surpassing war of all times has involved us and found us utterly unprepared in either a mental or military sense."
    • Contributor: Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
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    President Wilson Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise delivers a tribute to President Wilson's "unequalled" leadership. He is "a great American," and "his place in history is secure."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Wise, Stephen S. (Stephen Samuel) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1920
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    Readjustment Speech by Warren G. Harding. "America's present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration; not agitation but adjustment; not surgery but serenity; not the dramatic but the dispassionate; not experiment but equipoise; not submergence in internationality but sustainment in triumphant nationality."
    • Contributor: Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1920
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    The Navy is ready Speech by Josephus Daniels, U.S. Secretary of the Navy. "'We have just begun to fight,' was the slogan of the Navy of '76. That is the slogan of the Navy today."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Daniels, Josephus - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
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    The propaganda of anarchy
    Criminal enemies of social order
    Speech by Miles Poindexter, U.S. Senator from Washington. "If the authority of the courts should be destroyed, if their carefully prepared decrees are arbitrarily and without investigation, merely upon suspicion and general belief set aside, the poor are the ones who will suffer in any such decision."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Poindexter, Miles - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
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    At the front Speech by Secretary of War Newton D. Baker. "I saw the superb and veteran armies of Great Britain, France, and Italy. I saw the heroic associates with whom our own army is to fight and I had then, as I have now, a sense of stirring and rising pride in the feeling that America's great and splendidly equipped and prepared army is composed of...
    • Contributor: Baker, Newton Diehl - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
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    Citizenship Speech by Will H. Hays, chairman, Republican National Committee, calling for an awakened sense of public duty. "There is no zone of twilight in politics. Right is right and wrong is wrong."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Hays, Will H. (Will Harrison)
    • Date: 1919
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    Democracy's achievement Speech by Robert L. Owen, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma. "The regenerated Democratic Party is the one great liberal, progressive and truly democratic party of the nation."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Owen, Robert L. (Robert Latham) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1920
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    One hundred million soldiers Speech by Frank A. Vanderlip, former Assistant Secretary of Treasury and president of the National City Bank of New York (now Citibank). "To win this war, Congress pledged the resources of the United States to the last man and the last dollar. When you applauded that, you agreed that we would be a united nation."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Vanderlip, Frank A. (Frank Arthur) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
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    Call of America Speech by James Hamilton Lewis, U.S. Senator from Illinois. "Senators:...our America endured the internal conflict of '60 and '64...now these United States must meet the assault from without: it comes from Prussia."
    • Contributor: Lewis, James - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
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    Recognition of the Republic of Ireland
    No, the Irish do not hate England
    Speech by Éamon De Valera, President, Republic of Ireland. "No, the Irish do not hate England. The Irish desire peace with England and the rest of the world."
    • Contributor: De Valera, Éamon - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1920
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    Americanism Speech by General Leonard Wood. "There is no room for the Red flag -- Smash it! ...America First must be stamped on every heart."
    • Contributor: Wood, Leonard - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1920
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    America safe! Speech by Ambassador James W. Gerard warning of the "coming conflict with the Bolsheviki" and assessing the causes of social unrest.
    • Contributor: Gerard, James W. (James Watson) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1920
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    There is no rank in sacrifice Speech by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels. "Men who live valiantly and die nobly, have a strength and a courage from the Eternal Father. Two of these young heroes have recently received high honor: one a graduate of Annapolis, the other an enlisted man."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Daniels, Josephus
    • Date: 1918