Our Debt to France

Our Debt to France

Our Debt to France

Our Debt to France

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France-Courageous, indomitable, chivalrous ! The ever-living France! What is our debt to her? This question is answered ably in the following pages. In what measure is France indebted to the United States? That also is discussed.

The being of the United States as a free and independent nation is due largely to the men and substance sent by France, in the darkest hour of our struggle for liberty. This is beyond cavil. France sent her Lafayette, de Rochambeau, de Grasse; they came with her armies, her ships, and money. Without them there could have been no Yorktown.

What did France demand of the young republic in return for her participation? That also is answered in this book.

From 1914 to 1917, heroic France, tenaciously fighting against seemingly overwhelming odds, draining herself of her blood and wealth to save not only herself but the civilized world from an odious and intolerable autocracy, looked hopefully . . .

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