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Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt Is Shocked That Antiwar Congressman Ernest Lundeen Opposed the Declaration of War With Austria-Hungary "Is it possible that you voted against or paired yourself against the declaration of war against Austria?...I fail to see how any good American could oppose it." "Is it possible that you voted against or paired yourself against the declaration of war against Austria?...I fail to see how any good American could oppose it."
31/01/1918. When World War I broke out in Europe in 1914, many Americans strongly supported the Allies, and the foremost and outspoken among them was ex-President Theodore Roosevelt. TR blamed Germany for the war and its atrocities, and openly advocated taking a harsh line against that nation. there was no universal American championship of the Allies cause, and in fact many people leaned towards the German side. In fact, in 1916 President Wilson ran for reelection on the slogan “He kept us out of war,” and won. Then, on April 6, 1917, Wilson changed his stance and asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany. The vote in Congress was 455 in favor to 56 against. One of the Republican to vote no, and a leader of the dissenters, was the populist and future U.S. Senator Ernest Lundeen of Minnesota, who followed this vote with a no vote on the conscription bill. In the months after the U.S. declaration of war, Lundeen engaged in a heated exchange, almost a debate via correspondence, with Roosevelt, one that dealt with the pros and cons of American policy, and Roosevelt’s fierce advocacy of the war and Lundeen’s continued reluctance to support it, and as importantly, delved into the meanings, characteristics and limits of patriotism, free speech, and dissent in a democracy.Wilson may have asked Congress to declare war on Germany in April, but he held off asking for such a declaration against Germany’s allies. In December Comgress declared war against Austria-Hungary; this time one socialist voted no and Lundeen paired himself no, thus becoming one of just t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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