The period between 1913 and 1939 was one of the most abounding ones in the history of the United States. Despite being sandwiched between two economic crises and two World Wars, these were years of plenty, an era of unprecedented prosperity. Bolstered by technological development and favorable economic policies that supported industry, this period ushered in a dramatic change in the lifestyles of Americans.
Working people at many income levels experienced a rise in their standard of living. The index of industrial production climbed 70 percent and earnings of employed wage earners rose by about 22 percent. Manufacturers flooded the markets with affordable automobiles, consumer goods and other products that were previously out of the reach of common people. The growth of related industries such as advertising and widespread electrification helped things along, as did the mushrooming of consumer credit. In a nutshell, this period redefined the term "thrift" to mean, "wise spending" rather than "self-restraint." To a large extent, the presidency of Calvin Coolidge is credited for this state of economic well-being.
While America marched forward on the economic front, the years preceding and following the Great War saw the American Senate stand divided over several issues, principle among them being the proposed League of Nations. Many felt the need for a rebuilding of the nation based on a fresh ideology that placed sovereignty and freedom above all else.
This CD contains speeches by eight outstanding American statesmen covering various subjects of national interest and concerns, including the debate over whether it was appropriate for the United States to join the League of Nations.
This CD reflects the thinking of the American Nation in an era that was both prosperous and turbulent. It contains speeches made by eight prominent American Statesmen who voiced the concerns of the people they represented in the US Senate. You will find well-preserved audio recordings of speeches made by:
US Senator Lodge Henry Cabot
Secretary of Treasury McAdoo William Gibbs
Secretary of War Baker Newton Diehl
US Senator Lewis James Hamilton
US Senator Clark Champ
Secretary on Navy Josephus Daniels
President, United States, Harding Warren G.
Republican James M. Cox
What unifies the contents of this CD is the deep-rooted patriotism that surfaces amidst heated debates over taxation and America’s joining the League of Nations, amidst the defense of sovereignty and odes to National heroes. ]
For many years after the Great War, the United States continued to debate issues surrounding U.S. entry into the League of Nations. Collective security was weighed against national sovereignty, idealism against pragmatism, and the responsibilities of powerful nations against the possibility of their using force to achieve goals. That the League eventually failed to prevent a second global conflict speaks of divided international agenda.
During the years that followed World War I, noted statesmen made eloquent attempts at supporting and detracting from President Woodrow Wilson’s proposal that the United States become a part of the newly formed League of Nations. Many other issues were brought to the attention of the nation through some of the most memorable speeches ever made. This CD provides a fabulous peek at those turbulent times and offers a great insight into the democratic and republican train of thought on pertinent issues. The grand speeches preserved here, project a graphic picture of the philosophies of the era and draw a clear line of demarcation between supporters and detractors of the League of Nations. Great emphasis on the need to honor national heroes and the rebuilding of the nation is also easily recognizable.
This is an invaluable slice of history that not only informs but also provides a unique opportunity to listen to the voices of some of America’s most revered statesmen. If you are a history buff, this CD is for you.
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