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Sumner Welles: Americans Shouldn't Criticize Other Nations' Affairs

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Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles gives a speech at the Presbyterian Social Union of Maryland in Baltimore in which he tells Americans that they shouldn't criticize the internal affairs of other nations.

In what becomes known as the "mind your own business speech," Welles says:

"The cause of world peace and the fundamental objective in our foreign policy, of keeping our own country at peace, are not furthered by our participation in international polemics and recriminations over internal policies of other nations regarding which we have no rightful concern."

Everyone recognizes that the point is to get people to stop criticizing Germany, Japan, and Italy — what they are doing to their own citizens and what they are doing in territories they have seized control over.

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The American Secretary of State Sumner Welles visits Europe

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