Authentication Materials:

  1. Speech Title exactly as it to be printed: “Free Speech and the Right of Congress to Declare the Objects of the War.”
  2. Exact Date and Place of Speech Delivery: 6 October 1917. At United States Senate Chamber, Washington, D.C.
  3. Complete Name of Speaker, with year of birth and year of death: Robert Marion La Follette, Sr. (1855-1925).
  4. Complete name of editor or compiler of electronic text, with indication of role: Amy L. Heyse, compiler and editor.
  5. Date of electronic edition: 2017.
  6. Languages: English (100%).
  7. Library of Congress Subject Headings: Political science–Political theory–Purpose, functions, and relations of the state; Library of Congress Classification: JC591
  8. Indication of editing functions performed: Amy L. Heyse, transcribed version A from microfilm version to typewritten version, July 24-26, 2015; Amy L. Heyse, edited electronic text, March 29, 2017; Amy L. Heyse, proofread edited electronic text, April 27, 2017.

Bibliographic List of Sources:

La Follette, Sr., Robert M. “Free Speech and the Right of Congress to Declare the Objects of the War. Speech of Hon. Robert M. La Follette of Wisconsin in the Senate of the United States. Saturday, October 6, 1917.” Washington, DC. Government Printing Office, 1917. [=A]

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