Quotation by Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve

The peace conference must not adjourn without the establishment of some ordered system of international government, backed by power enough to give authority to its decrees. ... Unless a league something like this results at our peace conference, we shall merely drop back into armed hostility and international anarchy. The war will have been fought in vain ...
Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve (1877–1965), U.S. educator. Quoting herself in Many a Good Crusade, part 2 (1954).

In a speech given on February 22, 1918, before the Congress of National Service of the National Security League in Chicago. The speech was entitled "The Relationship of Nations" and was published by the League to Enforce Peace. The "war" referred to was World War I. Gildersleeve supported formation of the League of Nations, which failed largely because the United States ultimately rejected it.
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