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Evans, Mildred (ed.) / Wisconsin literary magazine
Volume XVIII, Number 2 (November 1918)

Weiss, David
[Editorial],   pp. [unnumbered]-31

Publication of the Students of the University of Wisconsin
Volume AVIII
Madison, November, 1918
Editorials .......................................... 29
The Comrade .......... William   Ellery Leonard .... 31
To Tom Hefferan ............... 0. J. Campbell .... 32
Night ..........      ..... Frank H. Schramm .... 32
As I Listened by the Lilacs ..... W. E. Leonard .... 33
Felicia Delmore ................. Bertha Ochsner.... .. 35
They Do Come Back ............. Mildred Evans.... 38
The Mermaid ..................... Janet Durrie...... 39
Ibsen and the Younger Generation.Marion Felix.... 40
When You Were a Tadpole ....... Ernest Meyer .... 43
Verse-Ernest Meyer, Margaret Belknap, Sylva
Meyer ..                                        44
Meredith's Dirge in Woods ...... Mildred Evans .... 45
Tuesday Again ................. Alice Van Hise .... 46
When She's Your Own Sister..Frances Dummer.... 48
W       ITH  victory on the battlefield already won,
11/1 7 America and her allies are now confronted
with the problem of reconstruction-a task that is
bound to be even more trying than that of waging war.
There was no dissension among groups as to how the
war should be fought. All factions united to form
one solid phalanx to repel the invader. But now that
the great struggle on the battlefield is over, will these
same forces continue to work harmoniously together,
to clear away the debris from the shell-pocked fields,
repair the battered streets and highways, and recon-
struct the devastated homes and ruined industries, or
will they separate and begin to quarrel while the peo-
ples of the war-stricken countries suffer?
Reconstruction will not only have to be started at
once in Europe, but will be needed right at home.
America, like the other belligerents, must grasp firmly
and solve intelligently the problems which are inevi-
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tably bound to arise. England, through its Labor
party, has had a reconstruction program for the past
year. France has a tentative plan; Italy is already
working on plans for rebuilding her areas; and Rus-
sia, though very slowly, is attempting to work out her
salvation. Only America, as yet, has advanced no
program to meet the peace conditions.
Ante bellum conditions, as by a tidal wave, have
been swept away-never to return. That is certain.
New economic, political, and social conditions must
come. And to some extent, they are already here.
But these are not sufficient, as every intelligent man
and woman is looking forward to greater opportuni-
ties, not only for Americans but for all peoples. There
are no more belligerents. All nations are now striv-
ing for a common goal-democracy and permanent
Our new democracy must be constructed upon a
solid foundation; it must be built only of the very best
of materials so that it will stand firmly and weather
the severest of storms. But before we can erect such
a firm structure, the foundation must be planned
carefully, as, if the bottom is weak or shaky, the build-
ing soon becomes top-heavy and crumbles to the earth.
The architects who are to design this new democracy
will need be experienced statesmen, labor leaders,
economists, educators, sociologists, businessmen, engi-
neers, and other experts. They will need have a
broad and social vision that is not warped by individ-
ualistic aims or by personal gain. They will have to
be men and women who can think nationally as well
as internationally. And before all other points, they
will need consider (1 ) a League of Free, Democratic
Nations; (2) Demobilization; (3) Democratic Man-
agement of Industries; and (4) Civil and Political Im-
A league of free, democratic nations is indispens-
able to permanent peace. And unless some equitable
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