Lorine's cabin water lily

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Author: Robert M. LaFollette
Title: Political philosophy
Publisher: Author
Year of Publication: 1920
Type of document: Book

Notes: On first page: "Lorine Niedecker - Junior Year."

Several check marks on table of contents by, III, XIV, XV, XVII, XIX, and XX

p. 29: "coming up" is written in top margin.

p. 55: Marked in margin: "The perfect political machine is fast superseding the lobbyist."

p. 141: Mark under date "1917" at end of a speech "On Children's Bureau."

pp. 168-169: Three sentences are bracketed, "I was a member of the house of representatives in 1886. I was the youngest member of the house then. I want to say right now so as not to have any misunderstanding about my age."

pp. 175: 177: The paragraph starting at bottom of p. 175 and much of p. 176 are marked in the margin.

p. 177: Marked in the margin, "...the interests of Wall Street, their successful labors in so reconstructing the railway rate bill as to make it a public benefit instead of a positive public injury--if you would maintain Wisconsin as the leader of this great progressive movement to restore government to the peopleā€¦"

p. 190: First three paragraphs of Chapter XIV "Militarism - Prepared Should Be For Defense" are bracketed and marked with big check mark, "The present congress will pass a military program that will impose upon the people of the United States the greatest tax burden for an alleged preparedness against an alleged danger that has ever been known in any country at peace with all the world./The appropriations by the present congress for all military purposes, that is to say for army and navy and coast defense, military academies, naval academies and pensions, will approximate the sum of $840,000,000./For the same purpose a year ago congress appropriated in round numbers $429,000,000. The appropriation for this year is nearly double that of a year ago."

p. 224: Most of the only complete paragraph on the page is marked in margin with a bracket, "Jay Gould and Black Friday, Morgan and his unsavory munition contracts, which were the subject of a congressional investigation; Vanderbilt, the ship-purchasing agent of the Government, who purchased and sold to the government condemned and worthless vessels, as the result of which he made unnumbered millions of dollars--all will be readily recalled upon mere mention. Rockefeller, Carnegie, and many others laid the foundations of their great wealth in the necessities of the Government in the civil war. That was not the patriotism we are commending so highly today, which leads a man to shoulder a gun and die in the front rank of battle. But they had cunning and sagacity, and the determination to grow rich out of the opportunities for profit which the war offered, while the great mass of the people were giving their property and their lives to defend and perpetuate our Government."

p. 228: Bracketed passage: "Who does the senator think are the people of this country? Is it the 2 per cent, owners of two thirds of the wealth, or is it the 98 percent of the population who have to divide among themselves...."

p. 251: Second half of first paragraph of Chapter XIX on the Peace Treaty and the League of Nations is bracketed in margin, with a big question mark, "They locked the chains on the subject peoples of Ireland, Egypt, and India. They partitioned territory and traded off peoples in mockery of that sanctioned formula of 14 points, and made it our Nation's shame. Then, fearing the wrath of the outraged peoples, knowing that their new map would be torn to rags and tatters by the conflicting, warring elements which they had bound together in wanton disregard of racial animosities, they make a league of nations to stand guard over the swag!"

p. 254: Check mark by first paragraph of The Treaty and the Constitution

p. 255: Brackets and check marks by first full paragraph, "I am not arguing that a good treaty should be rejected or amended merely because a president disregarded the constitution in refusing to advise the senate concerning it; but I do say that any treaty which comes into the senate under such a cloud should be regarded with suspicion. The presumption is against it." Underlines with checkmark, "3,972,000 square miles"

p. 256: First complete paragraph on p. 256 is bracketed, with "Very Good" written in margin. All of "Denial of Justice to Egypt" is bracketed.

p. 257. Final ten lines on page, about "The War in Retrospect," is bracketed, "He will find that judgement as harsh as truth, as unrelenting as justice./From the first sentence to the last the league of nations is a sham and a fraud./It pretends to be a league to preserve the peace of the world./It is an alliance among the victorious nations of Europe to preserve for themselves the plunder and the power they gained by the war."

p. 258: Three paragraphs on page are bracketed, with "quote" in margin near the first of them, "Woodrow Wilson and his three associates at Versailles were not peace makers. They were war makers.", "The dazzling rhetoric is now but shabby tinsel, much of the eloquence seems hollow and insincere, and the loudest appeals to patriotism smack of profiteering.", and "This country never before engaged in a war in which public opinion was so falsified and the convictions of a nation so stifled, and never before were the rights of the individual citizen so ruthlessly and brutally trampled under foot as during and after the war." with "confidence in Wilson? No." near the third.

p. 259. Two passages on page are bracketed, "..created a new crop of millionaires to further menace American democracy", and "This was a war of big business for bigger business. It was a war for trade routes, and commercial advantages. It was a war for new territory and the right to exploit weaker peoples. It was a mean, sordid, mercenary war." The word "hatred" is in margin on page, unrelated to brackets..

p. 260: Brackets in margin, "It is the great commercial and exploiting interests in whose behalf this war was fought that are to be protected by the League of Nations and the Treaty, upon the ratification of which Woodrow Wilson still doggedly insists." with checkmark. Brackets end of last paragraph of War Destroys Human Rights. "Status Quo" is circled in "League of Nations to Preserve Status Quo" with question mark near it. First paragraph of this speech is bracketed and marked "good", "Mr. President, there is one agency to which Great Britain may look for aid in holding her rebellious subjects in check, and that agency is the league of nations."

p. 261: End of first paragraph on page is bracketed, with question mark, "Like the Holy Alliance of 1815, it is couched in the language of idealism and peace. But, like the Holy Alliance, it will be used for the suppression of nationalities and for the prosecution of oppressive warfare." "This covevant" in second paragraph is marked. "Well, war in India?" is written in margin nearby.

p. 262: Two passages are marked in margin, with check marks, "Asia has produced the great moral teachers of history--Confucius, Buddha, Mohammed, Christ.", and "It will be a continental war--a race war, in which the white races will be hopelessly outnumbered."

p. 266: "Rebuttal" is written in margin and paragraph ending at top of page is marked in margin, "The ask simply that we shall do nothing to hinder them in their struggle for independence from the power which once held sway over the American colonies."

p. 267: Paragraph "How puny appear the ambitions of Germany compared to the imperial power now actually attained by Great Britain!" is bracketed, with check mark in margin.

p. 268: Last paragraph on page is bracketed, with check mark in margin, "If we ratify the treaty of Versailles, after pledging ourselves to a peace based upon the 14 points--which had been approved by the allies and accepted in good faith by the central powers--we shall stand convicted before the world as a nation without honor, and unworthy to be trusted to fulfill the pledges it has made."

p. 272: Two paragraphs are bracketed, with check mark, "Sweden, Holland and Switzerland have made like declarations./Thus do these Christian nations rebuke the three men who control at Versailles, for applying the same savage policy of starvation of a people to force acceptance of "peace," which they employed in prosecuting the war."

p. 273: Paragraph marked in margin, "These jugglers with the world's destiny at Versailles have for six months locked themselves away from the peoples they are supposed to represent."

p. 274: "The commercial interests of the British Empire overtopped the human rights of martyred Ireland."

p. 417: Two paragraphs on page are bracketed and marked with check marks in margin, "II. We are opposed to the League of Nations as a standing menace to peace, and we denounce the Treaty as a violation of the pledges made to the world and a betrayal of the honor of this nation. It would make us a party to the enslavement of Egypt and India, the rape of China, and the ruthless oppression of Ireland." and "...with proper guaranties, to abolish compulsory military service, and provided further, that the several nations mutually bind themselves to a speedy disarmament, reducing the land and naval forces of each nation to the strict requirements of a purely police and patrol service."

p. 418: Second paragraph on page is bracketed and marked with check mark in margin, "VI. We oppose compulsory military service in time of peace. We denounce the use of our soldiers in countries with which we are not at war, and we favor the speedy reduction of world armaments."

p. 419: Second full paragraph on page is bracketed, "XIII. We condemn the system that permits 18,000 millionaires to be produced from war-profits--one millionaire for every three American soldiers killed in France."

p. 423: Large check mark in margin near index entry for the League of Nations.

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