Speeches: speech notes and other material.

Reference code: CHAR 9/132

Part of: CHAR 9
Next record: CHAR 9/133
Previous record: CHAR 9/131

Date: 23 May 1938 - Nov 1938

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Notes for WSC's speech (23 May, Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford [Essex]) on international affairs and collective security, particularly the Sudeten problem in Czechoslovakia. Also includes cutting from the Chingford Guardian reporting WSC's speech. Part published: Complete Speeches VI pp 5965-6.

Notes for WSC's speech (31 May, Sheffield [Yorkshire] City Hall) on the German threat to Czechoslovakia and inadequacies in the British rearmament programme. Also includes press cutting on the speech. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 5975-7.

Cutting from the Birmingham Post on WSC's speech (2 June, League of Nations Union, Birmingham) entitled "Volcanic forces are moving in Europe" on collective security and the threat posed by the dictatorships in Japan, Italy and Germany. Part published: Complete Speeches VI p 5978.

Notes for WSC's speech (2 July, [Chancellor's Address] University of Bristol) on his definition of "civilisation". Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 5990-1.

Notes for WSC's speech (27 August, Theydon Bois [Essex, constituency meeting]) on German army manoeuvres and Czechoslovakia. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6001-2.

Copies of press statements made by WSC at the time of the Munich [Germany] crisis: wishing Prime Minister [Neville Chamberlain] well [28 September]; entitled "Throwing a small state to the wolves" (21 September); and "One Last Peace Effort" (26 September). Part published: Complete Speeches VI p 6002-3.

Notes for WSC's broadcast (16 October, [United States National Broadcasting Company]) entitled "The defence of freedom and peace" on the need for the democracies, including the United States, to unite against the dictatorships. Also includes a cutting from the Daily Telegraph reporting WSC's speech and printed copies of it; copy of Headway towards peace and freedom containing the text of WSC's speech and an article by him, "In truth and earnestness", on Britain taking a pivotal role in the international crisis. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6015-7. For more detailed description of a set of draft notes for the broadcast, see CHAR 9/132/94-110. Printed versions at CHAR 9/132/111 and CHAR 9/132/112-113. Proofs at CHAR 9/132/114-119.

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CHAR 9/132/61-78 "The defence of freedom and peace" 16 Oct 1938
CHAR 9/132/94-110 Draft speaking notes for WSC's broadcast to the United States([United States National Broadcasting Company]) entitled "The defence of freedom and peace" on the need for the democracies, including the United States, to unite against the dictatorships. At the start of the speech WSC says that it may not be possible to broadcast to the US in future because "The stations are closing down; the lights are going out". Issues covered include: the consequences of the "abandonment" of Czechoslovakia; likelihood of war; a call for the English-speaking peoples to "join hands together over land and sea" to ensure peace; the strength and efficiency of the Nazi totalitarian state and air power; the [Sino-Japanese war]; struggles against fascism in Spain; the need for the Unites States to join Britain and France; and the power of "a little mouse of thought" against dictators. WSC concludes by calling for action by the English-speaking peoples. Typescript draft notes annotated in black and red ink and blue crayon showing many edits and changes by WSC. 16 Oct 1938
CHAR 9/132/111 "Headway towards Freedom and Peace" Nov 1938
CHAR 9/132/112-113 "The defence of freedom and peace" 16 Oct 1938
CHAR 9/132/114-119 Printed proofs of WSC's broadcast to the United States (16 October 1938, [United States National Broadcasting Company]) entitled "The defence of freedom and peace" on the need for the democracies, including the United States, to unite against the dictatorships. At the start of the speech WSC says that it may not be possible to broadcast to the US in future because "The stations are closing down; the lights are going out". Issues covered include: the consequences of the "abandonment" of Czechoslovakia; likelihood of war; a call for the English-speaking peoples to "join hands together over land and sea" to ensure peace; the strength and efficiency of the Nazi totalitarian state and air power; the [Sino-Japanese war]; struggles against fascism in Spain; the need for the Unites States to join Britain and France; and the power of "a little mouse of thought" against dictators. WSC concludes by calling for action by the English-speaking peoples. Annotated in black ink, not in WSC's hand, with editions and changes. 16 Oct 1938