The Way Forward: The American Trade Agreements Program

The Way Forward: The American Trade Agreements Program

The Way Forward: The American Trade Agreements Program

The Way Forward: The American Trade Agreements Program

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During the past several years it has fallen to my lot to make numerous public addresses in various parts of the country setting forth the nature and the significance of the trade agreements program. So generous have been the comments of the audiences, and so eager have they shown themselves to know the truth about the program, that it has seemed worth while, in response to numerous requests, to substitute the printed word for the spoken one and to piece together and fashion into a connected whole various addresses given from time to time.

It must be evident, therefore, that this is in no sense an economic treatise; nor is it intended to be such. I have sought rather to state as simply and concisely as I could in laymen's language, the reasons for the adoption of the trade agreements program, its nature and its purposes, the method by which it is carried out, how it touches the people of our country, and the results thus far achieved. I have tried to write, as I have tried to speak, to hurried business men and those absorbed in other walks of life, who nonetheless find time to take an intelligent interest in national and international problems. I have tried to avoid the endless detail which attaches to almost every phase of the program and yet to avoid the dangers which come with oversimplification of what in fact are highly complicated and tangled subjects.

The program has now been under way for almost five years, and a sufficient number of trade agreements have been concluded to make possible an evaluation of its worth.

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