Signs of the Times

[From President Harding's Speech at the Plymouth Tercentenary Celebration, as Reported in The Christian Science Monitor]

The English-speaking race had hardly established itself in its true character as the foremost exponent of liberal institutions when it began to distribute itself among the wilderness of the earth. Cromwell looked upon them as deserters, despised them as weaklings, was disgusted with himself for having once thought to unite with them. But what would have been his amazement if he could have foreseen the destiny that awaited this feeble colonial enterprise, if he could have known that here was being founded the community that would at least inspire the forces of old world liberalism, if he could have looked down the vista of three centuries and seen political division followed by spiritual reunion in the greater cause of liberty for all mankind?...

September 17, 1921

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