Partly from envy and partly from desperate need, sometimes cynically and sometimes hopefully, the world asked what its wealthiest nation would do with its riches. Whether the well-fed U.S. could win a hungry world for democracy depended largely on what sacrifices the U.S. would make to stave off world famine.

Last week the London Sunday Dispatch asked the world's question in a poem about the Statue of Liberty:

I wonder is freedom still holding the light— Or is she just calling the waiter?


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