HARDING, Warren G. Speech typescript signed ("Warren G. Harding"), as President, 6 December 1921. 50 pages, 8vo, in large type for reading purposes, [With:] Typed letter signed ("Warren G. Harding"), as President, to Mrs. C. R. Forbes, enclosing the typescript.
HARDING'S 1921 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS CELEBRATING PEACE AND URGING AMERICANS TO AID WAR RAVAGED RUSSIA: "WE DO NOT FORGET THE TRADITIONS OF RUSSIAN FRIENDSHIP."
"It is a very gratifying privilege to come to the Congress with the republic at peace with all the nations of the world," Harding begins. "More, it is equally gratifying to report that our country is not only free from every impending menace of war, but there are growing assurances of the permanency of the peace which we so deeply cherish. For approximately ten years we have dwelt amid menaces of war or as participants in war's actualities, and the inevitable aftermath, with its disordered conditions, has added to the difficulties of government..." While Harding celebrates his promised return to "normalcy," he also mentions our "our inescapable relationship to world affairs." He speaks of the war debts situation and the worldwide recession brought on by the conflict's terrible destruction. But he sees America's duty as one of rebuilding its own economy before entangling itself with the affairs of others. "I wish restoration to the peoples blighted by the awful World War, but the process of restoration does not lie in our acceptance of like conditions. It were better to remain on firm ground, strive for ample employment and high standards of wage at home, and point the way to balanced budgets, rigid economies, and resolute, efficient work as the necessary remedies to cure disaster."
No nation was more devastated by the war and the ensuing civil war that unfolded across its lands than Russia. Now the country was facing a famine. "I am sure," Harding says, "there is room in the sympathetic thought of America for fellow human beings who are suffering and dying of starvation in Russia. A severe drought in the Valley of the Volga has plunged 15,000,000 people into grievous famine." The potential loss of life was in the millions. "America can not be deaf to such a call as that. We do not recognize the government of Russia, nor tolerate the propaganda which emanates therefrom, but we do not forget the traditions of Russian friendship." Political differences in such a situation were secondary. "The big thing is the call of the suffering and the dying." Together 2 items. (2)