February 23, 2009

World War I, Woodrow Wilson and William Jennings Bryan

Here are a couple of interesting interchanges between Woodrow Wilson and his Secretary of State, William Jennings Brian:

First, this coded message from Wilson to Bryan from Department of State records from WWI. It's interesting to see the code they were using. This is from a collection of correspondence related to Illegal and Inhumane Warfare and comes from 1914, long before the US entered the war.
Coded telegram from Woodrow Wilson to William Jennings Bryan

This second, published in The Times of London, is an offer from Bryan to Wilson to support the war effort in any way he could.
William Jennings Bryan Offers to Help in the War Effort

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