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Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924) [Statement on reading the Bible for the Scripture Gift Society]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.268 Author/Creator: Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Typed letter signed Date: 23 July 1917 Pagination: 1 p. 26.7 x 20.2 cm

Summary of Content: Wilson encourages people to read the Bible in long passages so they can find the heart of it; the Bible is "the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty." The statement was "prepared by the President for transmission, through Secretary Daniel, to Robert B. Haines, Jr., Secretary of the Scripture Gift Mission."

People: Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Subjects: Progressive EraReligionPresident

Sub Era: The Politics of Reform

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