Letter from William G. Carleton to Joseph P. Kennedy, April 7, 1941 (3 pages)


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Letter from William G. Carleton to Joseph P. Kennedy, April 7, 1941 (3 pages)
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Kennedy, Joseph P. 1941-1944
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Carleton, William G. (William Graves), 1903-1982
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Box: 3
Folder: Kennedy, Joseph P. 1941-1944


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North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Alachua -- Gainesville

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University of Florida
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April 7, 1941

Honorable Jodle h Po Kennedy
Palm Beaoh, Florida

Dear Ambassador Kennedy

I am sending you under separate over a oopy of an address
I made on American Democraoy. Muh of it is still relevant
today. I plap to use some of this material in an address
I am to make this week and toward the end to weave in the
contrast between American and European conditions today*
Along the lines I used in that address of mine on "Stesady
Aimerioa". I plan to enumbratte the reasons wv Europe is
passing through a revolution today and why America, while
passing through great changes, will not pass through any
such revolution as Europe is experiencing.

I think some sueh approach to this topie of American Democracy
would be adapted to your purposes in your forthcoming com'
mencement address at Oglethorpe. You might enumerate the
great challenges to our democracy which are arising now and
which will continue to arise with the depression which will
cone after this warw the regimentation of labor and capital
required in an effective defense program, the mounting public
debt, prospective inflation and high taxation, the necessity
of adjusting our international trade to a controlled eoonomty
the growth of governmental controls which will come in an
attempt to cushion the effects of the hext great depression,
etor You might emphasize that in spite of this continuing
trend toward Statism, that we in America are still in a dif-
ferent historical stage than Europe, that we are not going
so far or so fast in the direction of Statism that Europe is
doing that the difference la degree between Europe and America
is decisive. At this point you might enumerate just what those
differences between Europe and America are. I believe that I
summarize them in my talk on 'Steady, America' in the end of
that section dealing with demecraey.

I believe that a splendid topio for your Notre Dame address
would be some aspect of our national defense* This would
have the advantage of being immediate and practical, and
would give you full cope for drawing upon yrur rich ex-
perienoe in the financial and industrial world* Your ap-
proach to this problem might be somewhat critical but it
will give you an opportunity to patt*e the President where
praise is deserved* Indeed, you might go out of your way
to praise the efficiency of the program even if you have
to strain the point* Also, it will give you an opportunity
to say something that ought to be said that the President
has done a maenificent job of arousing the public to the
need of a strrnp arm.ment rrograam, vFen those like myself
who believe that the President has had something more in
mincI that mere national defense must admit that we could
never have aooauplished the important job of rearmament
without giving the people somewhat of a seare. By emphasi-
sing this service of the President and giving it this in.
terpretation you will also be anticipating the very line
the President and administration leaders will take if the war
in Europe beoces hopeless for Britain* The Administration
will then emphasis the point that the President's foreign
policy has been wise, even though events did not allow it
to be carried to its logical conclusion, because that foreign
policy aroused the people to the menace of Hitler and. thereby
made possible the spirit and morale for a successful armament
program for national defense. If the eitlation in Europe be-
comes hopeless for Britain, as suggested it our conversation
the other evening, this will be the line the Administration
must inevitably take, and they will make the people believe it*
It would be well for you to anticipate this line, and would
open the way for renewed cooperation with the Administration,
and they will certainly need that cooperation. For if Hitler
wins a complete victory in Europe we will need real national
united The President's retreat will have to covered for him
for his leadership certainly cannot be destroyed in the first
year of his administration and in the face of a very serious
foreign situation* He will need to cooperate with men like
you, and in your Notre Dame speech you might well anticipate
the basis of that cooperation*

I have just finished reading l3ppomuan' attile in this wnekts
"Litfo" He stresses the faot that even in lapoleoXas tine
we looked to England for protection against the diatiaor who
threatened to doinamte Europe* This is a prve sion of the
fatots In 1818 we went to war, not against Napoleon but against
England Thus in effort we beooe an tnll e of Npoleone Heary
Wallaee ade this saUe etatetent and this saMe mistake last
years This is certainly straining history to justify the ourt
rent policy.

I have just written your son John a letter inviting him to ad*
dress an open forum of our Initer5iati1. relations Club on
scme aspeot of his internatiI0 OeXperiembe, While we are
eager to hear him, I vwuld not hav his come hbre unless he
really vwnts to and unless it is convenient

I enjoyed meeting you and your vinasoe ft i ly- the other night
I especially enjoyed the stimulating eonwrsationi

I hope you will pardfi the frlnk mature of this letter*

Siasrelyr yotre,

William a G Oarleton