The Sinews of Peace

This project is ongoing.

On March 5, 1946 Winston Churchill gave one of his most famous speeches, the “Sinews of Peace” address, at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

“From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an ‘Iron Curtain’ has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Moscow.”

Today Fulton is nearly a forgotten community in central Missouri equipped with two colleges, a prison, a school for the deaf, a mental health facility, and a nuclear power plant.