Coalition Government and National Unity

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Adjournment of Partisanship in War Crisis

President Roosevelt's Appeal for National Unity

In A Radio Address to the nation on the night of September 3, 1939, a few hours after Great Britain and France had declared war, President Roosevelt asked that “partisanship and selfishness be adjourned” in the United States during the war emergency and that “national unity be the thought that underlies all others.” In his message to the special session of Congress, September 21, the President said; “These perilous days demand cooperation between us without ...

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