WILSON DEMANDS POWER OVER ALL INDUSTRY IN WARTIME
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, May 4, 1917, Woodrow Wilson and his cabinet approved a war program giving the President of the United States autocratic control of virtually all commodities produced in the country in wartime.
The program, which requires approval of the Congress of the United States, would make President Wilson not only Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces but also Commander of the American economy during World War I.
Arthur Sears Henning reported in The Chicago Daily Tribune that "much of the program" resulted from conferences between officials of the administration and the British and French war missions.
Henning added that Wilson's spokesmen claimed the President did not intend to invoke "unlimited powers" except in extreme cases.
"Wilson Asks Authority of War Dictator, Demand for Power Over All Industry Based on British Advice," by Arthur Sears Henning, The Chicago Daily Tribune, May 5, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/