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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 "In Our First Year of the War: Messages and Addresses to the Congress and the People, March 5, 1917 to January 6, 1918," author Woodrow Wilson presents a collection of insightful and engaging speeches that outline the United States' stance and actions during the early years of World War I. Through a compilation of messages addressed to the Congress and the American people, Wilson skillfully highlights the challenges faced by the nation during the war and the efforts taken to maintain neutrality before ultimately entering the conflict.

One of the most striking aspects of this book is Wilson's ability to effectively communicate complex political issues in a language that is accessible to a wide range of readers. His speeches are delivered with profound eloquence, presenting a compelling case for America's involvement while also respecting the nation's longstanding position of neutrality. Wilson's words showcase his diplomatic finesse and leadership ability, as he navigates the delicate balance between policy, public opinion, and his formidable international counterparts.

Furthermore, the book offers a detailed historical account of the period, allowing readers to gain a deeper understanding of the global dynamics and events that led to America's entry into World War I. Wilson leaves no stone unturned as he explores key themes such as national security, democratic values, and the responsibility of the United States as a world power. By providing an extensive collection of speeches, the book provides a comprehensive overview of the evolving narrative surrounding America's role in the war.

What sets this compilation apart is the extensive context and annotations provided by the editors. These additions offer a wealth of information, enabling readers to fully comprehend the significance of Wilson's words within the wider historical framework. The meticulously curated footnotes and commentary help shed light on the political climate, key figures, and events mentioned, enriching the reading experience and enhancing the book's educational value.

However, it is worth noting that this collection can be quite dense at times, particularly for those without a thorough understanding of the historical context. The numerous speeches, while illuminating, may overwhelm readers seeking a more concise overview. Additionally, the book primarily focuses on Wilson's perspective, and while this represents an important aspect of the period, it would have been interesting to see a broader range of viewpoints incorporated to provide a more comprehensive analysis.

Overall, "In Our First Year of the War: Messages and Addresses to the Congress and the People, March 5, 1917 to January 6, 1918" is an engaging and informative collection that sheds light on Woodrow Wilson's leadership during a crucial period in American history. Wilson's deft communication skills and strategic decision-making are on full display, offering readers an invaluable insight into the nation's transition from neutrality to active participation in World War I. Whether for historical scholarship or personal interest, this book serves as a valuable resource for anyone seeking to understand the complexities of America's involvement in the First World War.

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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

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IN OUR FIRST YEAR OF WAR

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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 )

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