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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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    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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    The nation in arms Speech by Franklin K. Lane, U.S. Secretary of the Interior. "We are fighting Germany because she sought to terrorize us and then to fool us... Germany has never asked forgiveness of the world [for sinking the Lusitania]...Belgian starving ...piteous cries of children...friendly, harmless, terrorized people."
    • Contributor: A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Lane, Franklin K.
    • Date: 1918
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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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    League of Nations
    Trouble with senators who oppose the League of Nations
    Speech by Gilbert M. Hitchcock, U.S. Senator from Nebraska and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; served Senate floor leader for the League of Nations debate. "The trouble with senators who oppose the League of Nations is that they are thinking of the days that are gone forever. The conquering empires of the world have been wiped out. The world is now democratic."
    • Contributor: A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Hitchcock, Gilbert M. (Gilbert Monell)
    • 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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    On League of Nations Speech by Newton Diehl Baker, Secretary of War. "Meanwhile it is necessary to remember that the lack of such a league in 1914 threw the world into the chaos of this war."
    • Contributor: Baker, Newton Diehl - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
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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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    Nationalism and Americanism Speech by Warren G. Harding, Senator of Ohio. "We need to be rescued from divisionary and fruitless pursuit of peace through super government."
    • 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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    America and the war Speech by Calvin Coolidge, Governor of Massachusetts. "Works which endure come from the soul of the people. The mighty in their pride walk alone to destruction. The humble walk hand in hand with providence to immortality."
    • Contributor: Coolidge, Calvin - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1920
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    League of Nations Speech by Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, stating his case against President Wilson's League of Nations. "I think of the United States first."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Lodge, Henry Cabot - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
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    Loyalty Speech by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. "It is important that we should constantly keep before us the duty of inculcating in the minds of our citizens from overseas, the true meaning and significance of America, and the high duty that rests upon every generation to sustain our blessed institutions, and to transmit them to posterity strengthened and unimpaired."
    • Contributor: Colby, Bainbridge - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1920
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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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    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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    Revise taxes Speech by William Gibbs McAdoo, former Secretary of the Treasury. "Have the Republican majority done anything to reduce taxes? No! They have just laid down on the job."
    • Contributor: McAdoo, W. G. (William Gibbs) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
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    Americanism Speech by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator of Ohio. "Americanism really began when it was robed in nationality... In the spirit of Americanism, we proclaim America, we acclaim America."
    • 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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    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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    Labor's service to freedom A speech by Samuel Gompers, president, American Federation of Labor. "In addition to the fundamental principles at issue, labour has a further interest in the war. This war is a people's war, labor's war. The final outcome will be determined in the factories, the mills, the shops, the mines, the farms, the industries and the transportation agencies of the various countries."
    • Contributor: Gompers, Samuel - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
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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
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    Achievements of the Democratic Party
    Achievements of Democratic Party
    Speech by Homer S. Cummings, chairman, Democratic National Committee, as a tribute to President Wilson and his administration, "The hopes of mankind look to the American President."
    • Contributor: Cummings, Homer S. (Homer StillĂ©) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
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    America's choice and opportunity Speech by Newton Diehl Baker, Secretary of War. "A new history of the world will be written and it will date, I think, from the beginning of this war."
    • Contributor: Baker, Newton Diehl - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
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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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    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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    Liberty under the law Speech by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator of Ohio. "My countrymen:....It would be the blindness of folly to ignore the activities in our own country that are aimed to destroy our economic system." The presidential candidate concludes. "We call on all Americans for steadiness."
    • Contributor: Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel) - Nation's Forum 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