Pro Patria (1917)/Address of President Wilson to the Congress of the United States, April 2, 1917

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Pro Patria
Address of President Wilson to the Congress of the United States, April 2, 1917
from The Address of President Wilson to the Congress of the United States, April 2, 1917.[1]


   In unhesitating obedience to what I deem my constitutional duty, I advise that the Congress declare the recent course of the Imperial German Government to be in fact nothing less than war against the Government and people of the United States; that it formally accept the status of belligerent which has thus been thrust upon it and that it take immediately steps to exert all its power and employ all its resources to bring the Government of the German Empire to terms and end the war.

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   To such a task we can dedicate our lives and our fortunes, everything that we are and everything that we have, with the pride of those who know that the day has come when America is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness and the peace which she has treasured. God helping her, she can do no other.—Address of President Wilson to the Congress of the United States, April 2, 1917.


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