The Problems and Lessons of the War

The Problems and Lessons of the War

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The Problems and Lessons of the War

The Problems and Lessons of the War

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It was not without some natural hesitation that the authorities of the university approved the bold and brilliant plan of my colleague, Professor Blakeslee, to hold a conference here, at Clark University, upon a topic that has aroused throughout the world an intensity of feeling and a diversity of opinion which is without precedent in history. It should be clearly understood at the outset that the university has simply offered a free platform, and invited the frankest expression of opinion, but has assumed responsibility for no man's views. All of the speakers on the program whose addresses follow in this volume, were here as our guests; they came not without effort and even expense, on their part, to contribute to the symposium, and entered heartily into its spirit; each is a widely recognized authority on the topic on which he speaks.

To my mind there is no more splendid illustration of the spirit of fair play, of toleration, of true neutrality, in a word, of Americanism, than the spectacle, all over the country, of our schools coolly utilizing this war to teach its geography, history, economics, on a basis of facts that all admit but without bias toward or offense to any class of our citizens of whatever nationality; and also of our college youth debating . . .

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