Fulton, Missouri: Westminster College, 1972. Pamphlet. Just eight months after Labour outpaced Winston Churchill’s Conservatives in the 1945 general election, ousting Churchill from 10 Downing Street and ending his five years of wartime leadership, Churchill was invited to deliver a speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri on 5 March 1946. There he coined the phrase that described the division between the Soviet Union's sphere of influence and the West. This speech incisively framed the Cold War that would dominate the second half of the Twentieth Century: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.... I repulse the idea that a new war is inevitable; still more that it is imminent... If we adhere faithfully to the Charter of the United Nations and walk forward in sedate and sober strength seeking no one's land or treasure, seeking to lay no arbitrary control upon the thoughts of men... the high-roads of the future will be clear, not only for us but for all, not only for our time, but for a century to come." Twenty-five years later Churchill’s namesake grandson was invited to deliver a commencement address in memory of that historic occasion.
Condition of the 14 page wire-stitched pamphlet in self-wrappers is very good. The textured paper is crisp and bright and the staples are free of corrosion. There is some minor soiling and handling wear to the covers. This pamphlet reproduces the college Ambassador’s introduction of the Prime Minister’s namesake grandson, his address, and several photographs of the occasion. Item #005890