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April 2, 1917 – The world must be made safe for democracy…. It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in the balance. But right is more precious than peace.

April 2, 1917 – The world must be made safe for democracy…. It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in the balance. But right is more precious than peace.

President Woodrow Wilson, who since 1914 had been determined to keep the United States out of the great conflict convulsing Europe, asks Congress to declare war on Germany.

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April 2, 2017