Jefferson Day speech (draft)
By President Franklin D. Roosevelt
President Franklin Roosevelt was working on a Jefferson Day speech on the porch at his
summer home at Warm Springs, Georgia, the day before his death, on Thursday,
April 12, 1945, less than one month before the surrender of Germany, on May 7,
followed by the surrender of Japan on September 2. These two events marked the
end of World War II, brought about under Roosevelt's leadership of the American people
and allied forces, at the very dawn of the "Information Age." This is what he said:
"Today, science has brought all the different quarters of the globe so close
together that it is impossible to isolate them one from another.
"Today we are faced with the pre-eminent fact that, if civilization is to survive,
we must cultivate the science of human relationships--the ability of all peoples,
of all kinds, to live together and work together in the same world, at peace."
D.P. Geddes, ed. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: A Memorial 217-218 (1945).