October 7, 2014
US History ll H
Wilson’s Foreign Policies
Half way through President Woodrow Wilson’s first term, in 1914, World War I broke out due to the assassination of Franz Ferdinard, the Arch Duke. This created a war between the alliances of the Triple Entente and the Central Powers. Wilson declares the United States as neutral on August 19th, 1914. Being a strong advocate for foreign policies, he creates many visionary ones from the beginning of World War I, to the Versailles Treaty, in 1919. Examples of his visionary policies include the declaration of American neutrality, the declaration of war against Germany, and the establishment of the League of Nations.
At the beginning of World War I it was said that America was bias towards Great Britain instead of Germany because of the trading that occurred between them. However, all American’s had different preferences as to who they would like to win the war, depending on their ancestry. Wilson was trading with Great Britain only as a benefit to the economy.He told all Americans that they should be neutral in thought and deed in order to prevent a divided country. His assertion was purely idealistic because the United States stems and roots off of immigration and people’s differences. Therefore, people cannot voice heritage based opinions that could cause a dispute between two different nationalities. America cannot afford a civil divide between all the different nationalities we were founded from.
During the middle of the World War, Germany created a U-boat and submarine blockade around Great Britain and declared it a war zone. The United States sent a civilian boat over to Great Britain to deliver weapons and ammunition. Germany’s submarines fired, without warning, at the completely innocent civilian ship causing the majority of helpless American’s to lose their lives. Germany committed a crime against humanity by not respecting American’s rights as neutrals. For Wilson to declare war on...
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