Thomas Marshall, vice president of the United States wrote this in 1919:
“The future of the Republic depends upon the character of its citizenship. We are not building permanently unless the youth of the land are made fully acquainted with the meaning of American citizenship. We must give patriotism a vitality which will find expression in service. We cannot make democracy safe for the world by writing treaties. The spirit of democracy must be in the minds of the people, and this means that they must understand the basic principles of democratic government.