Excerpt from Address by President Johnson in Chicago, Illinois on June 3, 1965, "The Peace of Mankind"


Source: Source: The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, Volume 3, pp. 743


Address by President Johnson in Chicago, Illinois on June 3, 1965, "The Peace of Mankind," Department of State Bulletin, June 21, 1965, p. 987.

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In the 1930's we made our fate not by what we did but what we Americans failed to do. We propelled ourselves and all mankind toward tragedy, not by decisiveness but by vacillation, not by determination and resolution but by hesitancy and irresolution, not by action but by inaction.

The failure of free men in the 1930's was not of the sword but of the soul. And there just must be no such failure in the 1960's.

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