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    At Valley Forge Speech by Champ Clark, U.S. Representative from Missouri and Speaker of House. "We are assembled here to pay tribute to the deeds of a portion of the brave men who made us free. [Valley Forge was] the most heroic and without question the most pathetic chapter in the history of the American Army."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Clark, Champ - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
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    From the battlefields of France A patriotic appeal by the U.S. Army to Americans for "their unshrinking support" delivered by General John J. Pershing, Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces.
    • Contributor: Pershing, John J. (John Joseph) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
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    Democrats in the World War Tribute to President Wilson by Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer. "A leadership unsurpassed in the history of parliamentary democracy."
    • Contributor: Palmer, A. Mitchell (Alexander Mitchell) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
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    Americanism Franklin Delano Roosevelt, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy, speaking of those who fell in battle. "To them we must write the binding finish: it shall not happen again. Americans demand: the crime of war shall cease."
    • Contributor: Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano)
    • Date: 1920
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    The third Liberty Loan Patriotic speech by Richard A. Purdy on behalf of the third Liberty Loan drive. Purdy was a member of the Four Minute Men, a national network of volunteers authorized by President Woodrow Wilson to deliver patriotic speeches during the four minutes between reels changing in movie theaters across the country. Coordinated by the U.S. Committee on Public Information, the Four Minute Men generated support...
    • Contributor: A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - Purdy, Richard A. (Richard Augustus)
    • Date: 1918
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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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    There's a long, long trail Coupling date: 3/27/1916. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: tenor and chorus with orchestra. Written in 1913 by two seniors at Yale. With (reverse side): My mother's rosary / Walter Van Brunt.
    • Contributor: King, Stoddard - Ballard, George Wilton - Elliott, Zo
    • Date: 1916
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    Let us not forget--a message to the American people Coupling date: 1/7/1919. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. With (reverse side): National airs of the Allies / New York Military Band.
    • Contributor: Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva)
    • 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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    The American soldier Speech by Warren G. Harding, Senator of Ohio. "My countrymen. Though not in any partisan sense, I must speak of the services of the men and women who rallied to the colors of the Republic in the World War. America realizes and appreciates the services rendered." Text excerpted from hist Speech accepting the Republican Presidential nomination, June 12, 1920.
    • 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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    Good-bye Broadway, hello France : baritone and chorus with orchestra The 1st song from the revue, The passing show of 1917. Edison: 5687-C-2-78 (matrix), 5659-C-3-77 (matrix); Diamond Disc no. on edge of disc: 50443. Arthur Fields, baritone (1st work) ; Billy Murray, tenor (2nd work) ; with chorus and orchestra. Coupling date: 8/21/1917--Cf. Wile, 1978. LC copy: 5687-C-3-72 (matrix, 1st side) ; 5659-C-5-44 (matrix, 2nd side). Engraved labels.
    • Contributor: Fields, Arthur - Cohan, George M. (George Michael) - Murray, Billy - Baskette, Billy
    • Date: 1917
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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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    'Till the boys come home
    Keep the home fires burning
    Coupling date: 12/23/1915. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: baritone and male chorus with orchestra. With (reverse side): My bugler boy / Helen Clark.
    • Contributor: Novello, Ivor - Wheeler, Frederick
    • Date: 1916
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    From the battlefields of France Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available A patriotic appeal by the U.S. Army to Americans asking for "their unshrinking support;" delivered by General John J. Pershing, Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces.
    • Contributor: Pershing, John J. (John Joseph) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
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    Loyalty Speech given by Ambassador James Watson Gerard as warning to German Americans, "Every citizen must declare himself American -- or traitor!"
    • Contributor: Gerard, James W. (James Watson) - Nation's Forum Collection (Library of Congress) - A.F.R. Lawrence Collection (Library of Congress)
    • 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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    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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    Over there sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 80 rpm, mono; 10 in. | Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Edison - Cohan, George M. (George Michael) - Murray, Billy
    • Date: 1917
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    Madelon (I'll be true to the whole regiment) Copyright: Remick Music Corp., 1918. Coupling date: 1/15/1919. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: baritone and male voices with orchestra. French words by Louis Bousquet. With (reverse side): Till we meet again / Gladys Rice, Vernon Dalhart.
    • Contributor: Robert, Camille - Fields, Arthur - Bryan, Alfred
    • Date: 1919
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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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    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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    The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America See and Hear American History Through Song "Know the songs of a country and you will know its history for the true feeling of a people speaks through what they sing."
    • Date: 1581

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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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    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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    Lorraine (My beautiful Alsace-Lorraine)
    My beautiful Alsace-Lorraine
    From Edison records catalog: Did you know that for nearly forty years, since Germany took Alsace-Lorraine from France, a monument to it has stood in Paris, draped in black, and every year adorned with flowers? It is the land France has never ceased to mourn and is probably the only territory she hopes to gain by the war. Fred Fisher has been very clever...
    • Contributor: Fisher, Fred - Bryan, Alfred - Dalhart, Vernon
    • Date: 1918