IX: LOYALTY IN WORLD CRISIS

Our Government's greatest danger lurks in those pagan patriots who, without malice, without evil designs of any kind, but heedlessly, support any cause, however menacing it may be to American ideals, if its promoters decorate it richly enough with the American flag.

LOUIS F. POST, 1923

Lives of nations are determined, not by the count of years, but by the life-time of the human spirit. The life-time of man is three- score years and ten: a little more, a little less. The life of a nation is the fullness of the measure of its will to life. A nation, like a person, has a body -- a body that must be fed and clothed and housed, invigorated and rested, in a manner that measures up to the standards of our time. A nation, like a person, has a mind -- a mind that must be kept informed and alert, that must know itself, that understands the hopes and the needs of its neighbors -- all the other nations that live within the narrowing circle of the world. A nation, like a person, has something deeper, something more permanent, something larger than the sum of all its parts. It is that something which matters most to the future, which calls forth the most sacred guarding of its present.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, 1941

THE FIRST WORLD WAR heightened certain aspects of American patriotic thought and feeling. Among these was hatred of an external foe, the association of military power with loyalty and devotion to country, and that intensely emotional insistence on unity which had been so central a feature of the integral type of nationalism. The war gave mass expression to all these aspects of patriotism. Hitherto they had been most frequently articulated by intellectuals, professional patriotic organizations, and public men. Now they became thoroughly organized and widely and efficiently publicized,

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  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents *
  • I - The Birth of Loyalty 3
  • II - The Loyalty of Time and Place 30
  • III - The Loyalty of a New People 65
  • IV - The Economics of Loyalty 92
  • V - The Nurture of Loyalty 122
  • VI - The Testing of Loyalty 144
  • VII - The Reconstruction of Loyalty 173
  • VIII - The Critique of National Loyalty 200
  • IX - Loyalty in World Crisis 223
  • Bibliographical Note 249
  • Index 257
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