An American Epic - Vol. 2

An American Epic - Vol. 2

An American Epic - Vol. 2

An American Epic - Vol. 2

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This is the second volume of An American Epic. The Introduction to Volume I of these memoirs states the basic purpose of the first volume and three volumes to follow. In brief, my statement was that the purpose of these volumes is to record the sacrifice of the American people in providing, throughout forty-five years, the margins of food, medicine, and clothing which saved the lives of 1,400,000,000 people who otherwise would have perished; that the American people provided this service without any consequential monetary repayment; and that, in fact, we are yet paying its cost through interest on the considerable portion of our national debt which arose from this action.

The return to our people has come through the demonstration to the world of the ideals and power of a free people. And we have satisfied our own conscience that we have not neglected our duty as our "brother's keeper."

The first volume of An American Epic, already published, records The Relief of Belgium and Northern France during five years of the First World War and its aftermath. That enterprise of compassion was directed by American volunteers and the voluntary staff of the Belgians. It was financed by private charity and subsidies from the British, French, and American governments.

This second volume of An American Epic has presented some . . .

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