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March 19, 1917 — It is simply war. Germany is making war on us and we are doing nothing. Wilson … is casting about evidently for some hole to creep out of … No words can do justice to his conduct.

Senator Henry Cabot Lodge is furious when he learns that another American ship, the Vigilancia, has been sunk by a U-boat, with the loss of fifteen lives. He thinks that Wilson should summon Congress and declare war on Germany.


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March 19, 2017