All Our Years, the Autobiography of Robert Morss Lovett

All Our Years, the Autobiography of Robert Morss Lovett

All Our Years, the Autobiography of Robert Morss Lovett

All Our Years, the Autobiography of Robert Morss Lovett

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I have been asked many times to write my memoirs. So long as I was employed I could answer that I had no time. Now in retirement I have to quote Milton: "Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse."

Moreover, certain aspects of my career having become matters of public attention, I feel that it is incumbent on me to explain my attitude toward World War I, World War II, the Russian Revolution, efforts for peace through neutrality and collective security, United States colonial administration, socialism and communism. My dismissal from national service together with Dr. Goodwin Watson and Dr. William E. Dodd, Jr., has become a cause célèbre in the textbooks. From this point of view the appendix is the most important part of the book.

The best of my life has been given to education in the broader sense, including work with various organizations to promote peace and social welfare. As I look back I realize that my students have been the chief justification of my existence.

I owe so many obligations to so many people in connection with this book that I could fill this page with their names. I owe my gratitude especially for reading the manuscript in preparation to my long-time colleague Dr. Ferdinand Schevill, and to former students Miss Elizabeth Greenebaum (Mrs. George Herzog), Miss Martha Dodd (Mrs. Alfred K. Stern), and Miss Bessie Zaban (Mrs. Howard Mumford Jones). To Robert O. Ballou of the Viking Press my thanks are inexpressibly great.

ROBERT MORSS LOVETT

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