Election 1940: Fannie Hurst Backs Roosevelt's Policies (11-2-40)

The Pittsburgh Press (November 2, 1940)


New York, Nov. 2 (UP) –

Fannie Hurst, novelist said yesterday that President Roosevelt will keep this country out of war if it is humanly possible. She spoke over the coast-to-coast Blue network of the National Broadcasting Co. for the women’s division of the Democratic National Committee.

She scored those who are charging that President Roosevelt “is hurling us into war,” saying:

The ultimate involvement of this country in war (which I hope God will forbid) has not primarily to do with presidential candidates.

I want America without the draft. The idea of our young men marching off to military training is repugnant. But I think this draft is absolutely imperative to the present and future peace of America.

Your son’s military training is his insurance, and your insurance, against the horrors that are ravaging Europe.

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