Judson, Henry Pratt
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Reference to the oft-asked question as to why the United States came into the War so late. Some knowledge of the historic ideas of the U.S. Republic required to answer that question adequately. A review of the early period of the history of the United States, and their policies. Policies of the fathers of the Republic with regard to involvement in foreign affairs. Unaccustomed international thinking in the United States. Contrasting this experience with that of Canada, always involved with the British Empire and accustomed from the first to think in terms of Imperial power, and therefore of the relations of nations one to another. The United States absorbed in its own questions when this War came on. A review of international relations that did or did not hold interest for the United States. The Monroe Doctrine, and what that means to Americans. A response to the belief by Canadians that they may someday be attached by the United States. Disbelief in the U.S. when the War broke out in 1914. An examination and review of events which finally led the U.S. to join in the War. The U.S. now determined that nothing shall stand in their way; that ordinary divisions shall disappear, shrivel in the heat of a national need. The speaker's responsibilities as Chairman of an Appeal Board in connection with the National Conscription Act. Members and activities of the Board. Details of U.S. participation in the War. U.S. intentions with regard to sending men into France and other war activities. The U.S. now organized for war first. Knowing that unless this War is won by the forces of civilization and liberty, this world will not be worth living in. Pride in "our Canadian brothers" in this cause. Assuring the audience that the two nations are one in this great cause of human liberty.