To the World

To the reassembled Congress, Franklin Roosevelt sent his twelfth annual message on the state of the nation. It was a speech to the world.* The message was longer than any of its eleven predecessors. It was also on a higher level of statesmanship than any Roosevelt utterance since the Presidential campaign began.

U.S. and foreign critics alike had been crying for two things: a clear and coherent conception of U.S. foreign policy, and a willingness to define, accept and fulfill U.S. responsibilities abroad. In broad but heartening generalities the President stated such a conception and such a willingness. And in...

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