THE NATION IN ARMS
WHEN Congress declared that the United States was in a state of war with Germany, on April 6, 1917, the public opinion of the country was unified to a far greater extent than at the beginning of any previous war. The extreme patience displayed by President Wilson had its reward. When the year opened the majority of citizens doubtless still hoped that peace was possible. But German actions in February and March had gone far towards the education of the popular mind, and the final speeches of the President crystallized conviction. By April there were few Americans, except those in whom pacifism was a mania, who were not convinced that war with Germany was the only course consistent with either honor or safety. It is probable that many did not understand exactly the ideals that actuated Wilson, but nine persons out of ten believed it absolutely necessary to fight.
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Publication information: Book title: Woodrow Wilson and the World War:A Chronicle of Our Own Times. Contributors: Charles Seymour - Author. Publisher: Yale University Press. Place of publication: New Haven, CT. Publication year: 1921. Page number: 116.
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