The American Road to World Peace

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SECTION XII THE UNITED NATIONS CHARTER

"A Constitution to contain an accurate detail of all the subdivisions of which its great powers will admit, and of all the means by which they may be carried into execution, would partake of the prolixity of a legal code and could scarcely be embraced by the human mind. It would probably never be understood by the public. Its nature, therefore, requires that only its great outlines should be marked, its important objects designated, and the minor ingredients which compose these objects should be deduced from the nature of these objects themselves."

-- Chief Justice Marshall in McCulloch v Maryland, 1819


CHAPTER 62: From Treaty to Constitution

WE have carried the preparations for the United Nations on the American side, past the Connally and Fulbright Resolutions and the Moscow Conference, up to the point when Secretary of State Cordell Hull was in a position to invite representatives of the leading Powers to take part in preparatory discussions, to be held in a Washington residence known as Dumbarton Oaks, and to lay before them the draft of the plans which had been under discussion in the State Department itself, with leading senators of both parties and with the London, Moscow, and Chungking governments.

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