DescriptionTheodore Roosevelt Address Delivered to the Illinois State Bar Association Signed and Inscribed and containing at least 12 holographic emendations in Roosevelt's hand. Eight printed pages, 7" x 24" (the last page is 7" x 8"), delivered at a dinner held in Roosevelt's honor on April 29, 1916. Inscribed in pencil at the top of the first page, and signed "Theodore Roosevelt."
Delivered almost a year prior to the United States' entry into the war, Roosevelt makes his position clear: "The result of our inaction, of our sloth and timidity, has been that every nation in the world now realizes our weakness and that no nation in the world really believes either in our disinterestedness or our manliness." He draws a direct parallel to China and warns of the danger of following in their path: "We have been sinking into the position of China of the Occident; and we will do well to remember that China, pacifist China, anti-militarist China has not only been helpless to keep its own territory from spoliation and its own people from subjugation, but has also been helpless to exert even the most minute degree of influence in favor of right dealing among other nations."
When America finally entered the War the following, Roosevelt remained a cheerful proponent. His youngest son Quentin quit college and joined the 1st Reserve Aero Squadron, and eventually saw active duty as part of the 95th Aero Squadron. Quentin's plane was downed in France by German fire. It is thought that Roosevelt never fully recuperated from this loss; certainly the tone of his support for the war took a drastic change.
From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.
Condition: Printed on newsprint, the paper is fragile and darkly toned. The top page has three paper clip stains. Tiny separations occur at some of the folds, with minor chipping occurring along the edges.
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