The Relation of the United States to the Issues of the War
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 8 Apr 1916, p. 166-186


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The Relation of the United States to the Issues of the War


The speaker's belief that in this great contest not only sympathies, but practical and direct cooperation should be given to England and to England's Allies; and that he is expressing the opinion of hundreds of thousands, even millions, of his fellow citizens in the United States. His further belief that England and her Allies today are fighting not only for their own existence and in fulfilment of their obligations, but in defence of the principles of civilization; fighting to defend democracy against the assaults of military autocracy, fighting in defence of the liberties of the United States. Some of the speaker's personal background and history, and his ties to England. A detailed discussion follows with regard to both Canadian and American ties to the British Empire and its culture. A detailed report of the activities of the speaker and his group to encourage participation in the war effort. What the speaker and his group thinks ought to have been the position of the United States at the outset of the war. A review of political events in Europe, and American foreign relations. Utterances of imperialistic intentions by the Germans heard by the speaker on his trips to Germany. Mischief done by propaganda. The heavy burden being carried by the American President at the present time. Remembering that the Monroe Doctrine has been maintained through the past century by the British fleet. Urging again the Americans to give Great Britain cooperation in the maintenance of British policy for the world at large. What England and her Allies are fighting against. Britain, calling on her American cousins for help in maintaining righteous government throughout the world. France also calling, and with a rightful claim to American sympathy and help. Belgium as well calling to America, as does the old-time Germany. The speaker's group, determined to do its part to bring the American people to a sense of its responsibility to the end that "government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the face of the earth."