Vintage Audio - American Rights

William Gibbs McAdoo Click to download as MP3

Reproduced below is the speech recorded by U.S. Treasury Secretary William McAdoo in 1918 entitled American Right.

As with much of President Woodrow Wilson's Cabinet McAdoo hoped to avoid U.S. participation in what was seen largely as an old-world European war.  Nevertheless with America's eventual entry in April 1917 McAdoo was vigorous in raising significant sums to fund the U.S. war effort via a series of highly successful 'Liberty Loans'.

Use the player above to listen to a recording of McAdoo's speech from 1917.

America Here's My Boy

First Verse
There's a million mothers knocking at the nations door,
A million mothers, yes and there'll be millions more,
And while within each mother heart they pray,
Just hark what one brave mother has to say.

Second Verse
There's a million mothers waiting by the fireside bright,
A million mothers, waiting for the call tonight.
And while within each heart there'll be a tear,
She'll watch her boy go marching with a cheer.

America, I raised a boy for you.
America, You'll find him staunch and true,
Place a gun upon his shoulder,
He is ready to die or do.
America, he is my only one; My hope, my pride and joy,
But if I had another, he would march beside his brother;
America, here's my boy.

A "blimp" was a word applied to an observation balloon.

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