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March 22, 1917 — Every American, every true American heart should respond with joy, amid its sorrow, to the feeling that if we enter this war, … we shall be fighting over again the battle of the American democracy. The democracy of England, the democracy of France, and now, God be praised, the great democracy of Russia.

March 22, 1917 — Every American, every true American heart should respond with joy, amid its sorrow, to the feeling that if we enter this war, … we shall be fighting over again the battle of the American democracy. The democracy of England, the democracy of France, and now, God be praised, the great democracy of Russia.

Elihu Root, Nobel peace prize laureate, addresses 12,000 cheering men and women who crowd into the old Madison Square Garden for a pro-war rally.

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March 22, 2017