Wilson Endorses DAR’s Plan to Involve Children of Immigrants in Public Schools, and “Share the Opportunities of this Great Country”
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“as an American… I believe that if they will take to heart the lessons of our history, they will be able to help the country to even greater things than it has done yet” WOODROW WILSON.
Typed Letter Signed as President to Everett M. Raynor. Washington, D.C., April 22, 1915. 1 p. 7 x 8¾ in. On White House letterhead.
I am very much interested in the work the Daughters of the Revolution are planning to do along practical lines of patriotism in interesting the children of foreign-born parents in the public schools. When you have the opportunity, will you not be kind enough to convey to these clubs of youngsters my very warmest good wishes and tell them that as an American I am heartily glad to share with them the opportunities of this great country and believe that if they will take to heart the lessons of our history, they will be able to help the country to even greater things than it has done yet?
Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), 28th president, governor of New Jersey, president of Princeton University, and creator of the League of Nations, was born in Staunton, Virginia. Wilson won the presidential election of 1912 when William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt split the Republican vote. As the first southerner elected president since Zachary Taylor, Wilson brought to the office a progressive zeal for reform, both economic and social, and stressed individualism and states’ rights. He is perhaps best known for leading the United States into World War I, despite an election vow to do otherwise, and for helping to negotiate the resulting Treaty of Versailles. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919.
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