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"American Liberty League" Statement by Jouett Shouse at the time of the announcement of the formation of this organization, August 23, 1934. American Liberty League. 400dpi TIFF G4 page images Digital Library Services, University of Kentucky Libraries Lexington, Kentucky Am_Lib_Leag_1 These pages may freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. "American Liberty League" Statement by Jouett Shouse at the time of the announcement of the formation of this organization, August 23, 1934. American Liberty League. American Liberty League. Washington, D.C. 1934. This electronic text file was created by Optical Character Recognition (OCR). No corrections have been made to the OCR-ed text and no editing has been done to the content of the original document. Encoding has been done through an automated process using the recommendations for Level 1 of the TEI in Libraries Guidelines. Digital page images are linked to the text file. It will cooperate with the President and the Congress in securing such legislation as will accomplish constructive results. "There will be two classes of membership, one a regular membership embracing all those who subscribe to the principles enunciated but cannot afford to contribute, the other a contributing membership embracing those who in addition render monetary help toward the League's support. Our aim is to secure hundreds of thousands of contributing members so that the activities of the League will be sustained through numerous contributions of comparatively small amount. "As prescribed by its charter, the League is to be absolutely non-partisan in character. The question of party affiliation will not enter into consideration in the matter of membership. All who believe in its aims will be invited to join. It has no covert purposes. There is no object sought to be attained beyond the simple statement contained in its charter and quoted above. It will unite several millions of people from all walks of life who are now without organized influence in legislative matters, and thus enable these people to have a consequential voice in securing constructive legislation and in preventing any measures designed to destroy the principles upon which our government was formulated and under which we have prospered as has no other nation in the history of the world." American Liberty League National Press Building Washington, D. C. Statement made by Jouett Shouse, President of the American Liberty League, at the time of the announcement of the formation of this organization, Aug. 23, 1934 i(fT"lHE American Liberty League has been I incorporated under the laws of the Dis-â– trict of Columbia. "It is a non-partisan organization formed, as stated in its charter, 'to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States, and to gather and disseminate information that (1) will teach the necessity of respect for the rights of persons and property as fundamental to every successful form of government, and (2) will teach the duty of government to encourage and protect individual and group initiative and enterprise, to foster the right to work, earn, save and acquire property, and to preserve the ownership and lawful use of property when acquired.' "Its organization will consist of a Board of National Directors composed of outstanding men and women from every State of the Union, from whom will be selected an Executive Committee of about eighteen members. "This Committee will assume all responsibility for the conduct of the League's affairs between meetings of the directors. "The League is divided into the following divisions: Home Owners Division Farmers Division Labor Division Savings Depositors Division Life Insurance Policy Holders Division Bondholders Division Stockholders Division "Other divisions will be created from time to time as may be found necessary. "Careful consideration is being given the matter of selecting chairmen for these various divisions. "Each division chairman will be a member of the Executive Committee, and, in addition thereto, the following gentlemen initially have been elected and have agreed to serve: John W. Davis Irenee du Pont Nathan L. Miller Alfred E. Smith James W. Wadsworth "I have been asked to become President of the League. The other officers, directors and members of the Executive Committee will be announced from time to time as they are chosen. "The headquarters of the League will be in Washington, with offices in New York and other cities. State divisions will be established and all citizens who believe in the principles for which it has been created as set out in its charter will be invited to join. "The League will become a real factor in assisting toward recovery and the restoration of prosperous conditions for all our people. It will take an active interest in and definite position on questions of legislation affecting economic and social problems. It will report to its members and the public generally the conclusions reached as a result of its research and studies.