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Excerpt from Democracy and Ideals: A Definition
These chapters, with the exception of the first and the last, were written while I was serving as chair man of the Army Education Commission with the American forces in France in 1918 and 1919, and as educational director of the American Expeditionary Force Univer'sity at Beaune, 1919. The first chap ter, in its present form recently rewritten, was originally prepared as an address before the Asso ciation of Colleges and Preparatory Schools of the Middle States and Maryland, in November, 1917: American Character was delivered as a lecture at Bedford College, London, December 6, 1918, and was published in the Fortnightly Review, May, 1919. French Ideals and American was delivered as an address before American troops and other American audiences in France during 1918 and 1919, and was published May 20, 1919, as Bulletin 100 of the American Expeditionary Force University at Beaune. Society as a University, prepared as an address for the opening of the University at Beaune, was published March 15 as Bulletin 18 of that institution, and was reprinted in the Educa tional Review for September. Universal Training for National Service was written at Beaune in April, and was published in the Review of Reviews for October. University Leadership was de livered on September 24 as the opening address for the winter session of Columbia University.
Though composed at different times and places, these chapters were intended to form one study. Of the American character and its needs. The first three chapters try to define our condition at the present moment, the second group of these chapters would make suggestions toward progress and im provement. I have tried to express here from sev eral angles a central conviction that we in the United States are detached from the past, and that this detachment is the striking fact in all our prob lems, that if in the future we are to become and to remain a nation, we must collaborate for common ends, that our immediate task is to define those com mon ends, and that though this task is extremely difficult, the war may have helped us toward its ac complishment - toward a definition of our ideals and toward the method by which they are to be realized.
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