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In Our First Year of the War Messages and Addresses to the Congress and the People, March 5, 1917 to January 6, 1918   By: (1856-1924)

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IN OUR FIRST YEAR OF WAR

MESSAGES AND ADDRESSES TO THE CONGRESS AND THE PEOPLE MARCH 5, 1917, TO JANUARY 8, 1918

BY

WOODROW WILSON

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Frontispiece from drawing by WILFRID MUIR EVANS

HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON

BOOKS BY

WOODROW WILSON

IN OUR FIRST YEAR OF WAR

WHY WE ARE AT WAR. 16mo

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CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

FOREWORD v

I. THE SECOND INAUGURAL ADDRESS 1 ( March 5, 1917 )

II. WE MUST ACCEPT WAR 9 ( Message to the Congress, April 2, 1917)

III. A STATE OF WAR 26 ( The President's Proclamation of April 6, 1917 )

IV. "SPEAK, ACT AND SERVE TOGETHER" 32 ( Message to the American people, April 15, 1917 )

V. THE CONSCRIPTION PROCLAMATION 40 ( May 18, 1917 )

VI. CONSERVING THE NATION'S FOOD 49 ( May 19, 1917 )

VII. AN ANSWER TO CRITICS 54 ( May 22, 1917 )

VIII. MEMORIAL DAY ADDRESS 56 ( May 30, 1917 )

IX. A STATEMENT TO RUSSIA 59 ( June 9, 1917 )

X. FLAG DAY ADDRESS 64 ( June 14, 1917 )

XI. AN APPEAL TO THE BUSINESS INTERESTS 76 ( July 11, 1917 )

XII. REPLY TO THE POPE 83 ( August 27, 1917 )

XIII. A MESSAGE TO TEACHERS AND SCHOOL OFFICERS 89 ( September 30, 1917 )

XIV. WOMAN SUFFRAGE MUST COME NOW 92 ( October 25, 1917 )

XV. THE THANKSGIVING DAY PROCLAMATION 96 ( November 7, 1917 )

XVI. LABOR MUST BEAR ITS PART 99 ( November 12, 1917 )

XVII. ADDRESS TO THE CONGRESS 112 ( December 4, 1917 )

XVIII. PROCLAMATION OF WAR AGAINST AUSTRIA HUNGARY 130 ( December 12, 1917 )

XIX. THE GOVERNMENT TAKES OVER THE RAILROADS 134 ( A Statement by the President, December 26, 1917 )

XX. GOVERNMENT OPERATION OF RAILROADS 143 ( Address to the Congress, January 4, 1918 )

XXI. THE TERMS OF PEACE 150 ( January 8, 1918 )

APPENDIX 162

FOREWORD

This book opens with the second inaugural address and contains the President's messages and addresses since the United States was forced to take up arms against Germany. These pages may be said to picture not only official phases of the great crisis, but also the highest significance of liberty and democracy and the reactions of President and people to the great developments of the times. The second Inaugural Address with its sense of solemn responsibility serves as a prophecy as well as prelude to the declaration of war and the message to the people which followed so soon.

The extracts from the Conscription Proclamation, the messages on Conservation and the Fixing of Prices, the Appeal to Business Interests, the Address to the Federation of Labor and the Railroad messages present the solid every day realities and the vast responsibilities of war time as they affect every American. These are concrete messages which should be at hand for frequent reference, just as the uplift and inspiration of lofty appeals like the Memorial Day and Flag Day addresses should be a constant source of inspiration. There are also the clarifying and vigorous definitions of American purpose afforded in utterances like the statement to Russia, the reply to the communication of the Pope, and, most emphatically, the President's restatement of War Aims on January 8th... Continue reading book >>




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