Addams, Kellogg, and Wald argue the many reasons why World War One is destroying society, and detail how it is robbing a generation of its people and future. They also argue that the global community has the power to stop this war and prevent other wars.
Addams discusses the challenges pacifists face not that the United States has joined World War I, and discusses how nationalism and patriotism are used to support war. Addams gave a lecture version of this article on June 10, at the Evanston Congregational Church.
Addams argues for the protection of migrant laborers, food supplies, and discusses the different outlook that the working class have towards war. The speech was prepared for the National Conference on Foreign Relations of the United States.