WHERE hui in America can you bear
true freedom sung?
Freedom is as rare and precious in-
day as il wa- several hundred years ago
when our forefathers found their way to
the shores nf ihis country searching for
Freedom! A magic word thai means
America W It
dom sought here?
Between 170(1 and 1921. greal waves
of immigration pounded the shores of
America, bringing in forty million Europeans. .And still they wanl to come. Millions nf people everywhere would sacrifice all thev heive break all the lies thai
bind for the privilege ol living in
There have always been other places
with greater natural resources, with climate as guild or heller, and with land
more fertile eiml plentiful.
And vii the) came with blue v islets
of hope in their eve-- lei a land where ei
man could stand nn his own feet; where
a man could he- himself and become
whatever thing his visiun and his manhood eiml his faiih could combine to
They were nol looking fur freedom
frnm fear. Here in lln- secret, immense,
and lonely earth of America were more
fear and pain and hunger eunl cold llieiu
they left behind them and liny knew
it. ll was nul lhe- cult nf the c mun
man that brought them here. Most of
them may have considered themselves
common men when they came; hut they
were looking fur a place where lhe ceein-
niuti man had a chance lo become uncommon, where every man could. God
willing, pull himself above ihe- dead level
nl mediocrity implied l.v the phrase
"common mein." They knew ihi- these
men who searched for freedom here
among lhe rocks and rills nl this land
uf libel Iv.
Whal is the magnetism of America
which spreads abroad and tugs at the
hearts of men all over the earth?
Vmerica is a fabulous country, the
only fabulous country: A place of miracles; a place nl exultancy and strong
America is ei place ol harsh sun
ilains and lhe sling of
on the Texas plains and
snow in New England.
It is et place ol mighty river- with
magnificenl music in llieir names: the
Monongahela, the Colorado, the Columbia, the Tennessee, the Hudson, the
Kennebec, the Rappahannock, the Delaware, the Wed.ash. the Rio Grande, the
Chickahominy, the Indian River, the
Tombigbee, the Niagara, the Susquehanna, the Chattahoochee, the Arkansas,
the Missouri, the .Mississippi, th,. Ohio,
and the Potomac.
Vmerica is a land of greal trains
thundering over the continent on rails
iheii plunge through mountains, drive
across eighl hundred miles of gulden
wheal, cross the plains, ti-,. high above
the marshes, and leap through flatness
and the dull scrub pine to meel the
Vmerica is a place where greal boats
are ha) ing al the harbor's mouth, where
greal ships are pulling mil In sea.
ll is a place' of the moon w hite countryside and the wailing whistle of the
ll is a place of the immense and pungent smell of breakfast; of steaming,
fragrant coffee; of lonely hunters i"
frosty thickets calling to lop-eared
It is the place where spring brings
a wild and lender beaut) to the wilderness, freshness to the barren plains, and
the marvel of baseball to city parks.
Mne'i'icei i- a plena' nf quick money
and sudden Inss. ll is a place of fi'1
abundance and raw desolation.
ll is also ihe place nf children -n"1
laughter, when- youth treads lhe earth
mad wilh solar energy, believing in love
and victory and lliinkiiiL' il can iie'V'
America is a plena' nl bitter ugliness
—and of indescribable beaut) !
Put America is more than poetry.
ll is a daring place: where free nn'"
.an juke about laic itself, like ..Id I''''"
Franklin, putting his fl ishing signature nn the' Declaration nf Independence
and saying, "Now lhal il is finished and
FACTS FORUM NEWS, August, !"■''■'