Henry A. Wallace An Authentic American Dreamer
In 1934, Henry A. Wallace recognized the great historical and spiritual significance of the reverse side of the Great Seal that America's Founding Fathers designed 152 years earlier in 1782. He called FDR's attention to the imagery suggesting it be put on a coin which inspired the President to have both sides of the Great Seal put on the one-dollar bill.
Wallace saw beyond the politics and economics of the New Deal, beyond Masonic and Catholic. He was a farsighted man, a visionary, like the designers of the Great Seal. It is fitting that he brought their symbolic message to our attention.
Unfortunately, Wallace is often reduced to a one-dimensional character, a mystic, by conspiracy theorists. To their way of thinking, only a Mason or mystic could possibly appreciate the symbolism of the pyramid & eye. Nonsense! Intelligent people of all stripes recognize the brilliance of the Great Seal's design.
President Roosevelt understood Wallace.
Library of Congress historian Paul Sifton said, "Wallace is among the most genuinely learned men in American public life since Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson."
Below are excerpts from Wallace's 1934 book, Statesmanship and Religion, based largely on a series of lectures he gave at the Chicago Theological Seminary the year he alerted FDR to the reverse side of the seal.
And it was a quite a year:
In American Dreamer: A Life of Henry A. Wallace,
"The ardent seeker of cosmic truth, throughout the 1920s Wallace was engaged upon a fantastic spiritual voyage, a quest for religious understanding that took him from the pews of mainstream Protestantism to the esoteric fringes of Eastern occultism."
More excerpts from this compelling biography, American Dreamer (W.W. Norton & Company, 2000):
"He epitomizes American civilization in its most genuine native form, the form which gave us an Andrew Jackson and an Abraham Lincoln. He is as earthy as the black loam of the corn belt, as gaunt and grim as a pioneer. With all of that, he has an insatiable curiosity and one of the keenest minds in Washington, well-disciplined and subtle, with interests and accomplishment which range from agrarian genetics to astronomy." John Franklin Carter, The New Dealers, 1934
The future, Wallace declared, has "one essential the continuous rebirth of liberalism." He continued, "You may well ask what I mean by a liberal person. A liberal is a person who in all his actions is continuously asking, 'What is best for all the people not merely what is best for me personally?' Abraham Lincoln was a liberal when he said he was both for the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict he was for the man before the dollar. Christ was the greatest liberal of all when he put life before things." The New Liberalism, Sept. 21, 1944
At a Harvard Law School forum, Wallace was asked, "What is a liberal?"
In response to his forced resignation as President Truman's Secretary of Commerce (for opposing a cold war with Russia), Wallace broadcast a statement on Sept. 20, 1946:
"Winning the peace is more important than high public office. It is more important than any consideration of party politics. The success or failure of our foreign policy will mean the difference between life and death for our children and our grandchildren. It will mean the difference between the life and death of our civilization. It may mean the difference between the existence and the extinction of Man and of the world. It is therefore of supreme importance, and we should every one of us regard it as a holy duty to join the fight for winning the peace."
Wallace received heartfelt thanks from many for his efforts toward world peace.
Historical content is based on the official history of the Great Seal.
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