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WILSONIAN
Situations arose that forced US involvement in World War I. “The Fourteen Points” written by the President of the time, Woodrow Wilson, gave justification to entering World War I. He claimed that the US entered the war because the “world [needed to be] secure for all. The US needed to help balance the world, “unless justice be done to others it will not be done to us”. On the surface World War I was fought to bring democracy to all. After the Allies won, France, Italy, Britain and the US, a peace conference took place at Versailles, France. Their Wilson attempted to bring most of his “Fourteen Points” into action, but ultimately failed.

A main factor to his failure was that diplomacy was not open to countries outside of the US, France and Britain (Italy was not as involved). This went specifically against Wilson’s wishes that he laid out in “The Fourteen Points”. He had hoped that “diplomacy shall proceed always frankly and in the public view”. Instead the negotiations for the peace conference happened secretly and only between the US, France and Britain. Wilson during the conference seemed to be less adept to negotiate what he felt should be in the Versailles Treaty. Instead, he accepted that at least part of his plan would lead to a united world. The “League of Nations”, one of his points, was part of the Treaty of Versailles and would give international peace, cooperation and security.

Wilson’s ultimate failure to instill peace and equality in the world happened when he returned to the US after being in France. To many Americans the League would lead the US to being too involved in affairs of other countries. Many senators questioned the treaty and wanted to compromise and ensure that Congress still had control to declare war. Wilson refused to accept these terms. Before Wilson could continue to argue his point towards joining the League, the way it was, he suffered from a stroke leaving him unable to push forth the “League of Nations”. Over...
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