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Excerpt from The Woodrow Wilson Foundation: A Tribute to a Great AmericanDo you covet distinction? you willnever get it by serving yourself. Do youcover honor? You will get it only as aservant of mankind.Woodrow Wilsons Address atSwarthmoreMoreExcerpt from The Woodrow Wilson Foundation: A Tribute to a Great AmericanDo you covet distinction? you willnever get it by serving yourself. Do youcover honor? You will get it only as aservant of mankind.Woodrow Wilsons Address atSwarthmore College, October 5, 1913.The world is poorer for the men and wealth that were poured into the furnaces of war. It is richer for the regenerated spirit of idealism that burnishes the record of four terrible years, and the leader of that spiritual force which enlisted the hopes of man-kind was an American - Woodrow Wilson.Woodrow Wilson saw beyond the momentous conflict of his day and made clear to men certain ideals of world relationship that helped them to prosecute the ugly business of war until victory rested with the peoples of democracy. Plain men, the men in the ranks, had begun to believe that the world had come to a pass where living was beyond endurance- yet they felt, vaguely maybe, that they were fighting and dying to establish some principle of human freedom which would in effect constitute a rebirth of civilization. It remained for the American to become their highly articulate spokesman. By word and deed he clarified the issue so that all the world could see it as a struggle between democracy and autocracy.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.