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Wilson's Speech to Congress: Declare War on Germany (excerpt)

President Woodrow Wilson.

Source Author
Wilson, Woodrow
Source Date
April 2, 1917

It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars…But the right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight for things which we have always carried nearest to our hearts --- for democracy; for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own Governments; for the rights and liberties of small nations; for universal dominion of right by such a concert of free peoples as shall bring peace and safety to all nations and make the world itself at last free.


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