Official Statements of War Aims and Peace Proposals, December 1916 to November 1918

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CONGRESSIONAL RESOLUTION DECLARING THE EXISTENCE OF A STATE OF WAR BETWEEN AUSTRIA-HUNGARY AND THE UNITED STATES1
December 7, 1917

Joint Resolution declaring that a state of war exists between the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Government and the Government and the people of the United States, and making provision to prosecute the same.

Whereas, the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Government has committed repeated acts of war against the Government and the people of the United States of America: Therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That a state of war is hereby declared to exist between the United States of America and the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Government; and that the President be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to employ the entire naval and military forces of the United States and the resources of the Government to carry on war against the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Government; and to bring the conflict to a successful termination all the resources of the country are hereby pledged by the Congress of the United States.

CHAMP CLARK, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

THOMAS R. MARSHALL, Vice-President of the United States and President of the Senate.

Approved, December 7, 1917. WOODROW WILSON.


ADDRESS OF MR. ASQUITH ON WAR AIMS AND PEACE TERMS2
December 11, 1917

. . . . . . . . . . .

Has it been, is it, worth while? some people will ask. It is certainly a question that will be put by history. My answer is, without

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1
Text as issued by the State Department.
2
Text in The Times, London, December 12, 1917, p. 9.

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