The Challenges We Face: Edited and Compiled from the Speeches and Papers of Richard M. Nixon

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1. The Pioneer Spirit1

The American challenge in the next half-century is to fulfill the mission implicit in the great principles that constitute the American revolutionary tradition.

The history books will tell you the American Revolution ended at Yorktown. I do not think this is correct. The American Revolution has not ended, and it will not end, until throughout the world nations have the right to be independent, individuals to be free, and all people to live in peace with their neighbors.

This has always been the American mission. It caught the imagination of the world 165 to 170 years ago. And if we can, during this critical period in world history, rededicate ourselves to those great principles, there is no question but that the American Revolution, which is much bigger than the United States itself, will continue to inspire peoples throughout the world. The American Revolution as we know it is really the way of the future -- not the Communist Revolution with its emphasis on dictatorship and atheism and materialism.

These principles go all the way back to the earliest settlements on this continent.

The landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth on December 21, 1620, and the settling of the Jamestown colony in 1607 were much more than merely historical events. They have become symbols that express the courage and greatness of those who

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Remarks at the Oregon Centennial Celebrations, Astoria, Salem, and Portland, Oregon. February 14, 1959. Remarks before the Fourth Annual Luncheon of the General Conference of CBS Television Network Affiliates, Washington, D.C. January 13, 1958. Remarks on Jamestown Day at Jamestown Festival Park, Virginia. May 13, 1957. Remarks at the Mayflower II Celebration, Plymouth, Massachusetts. June 22, 1957.

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