Princess Dela Cerna
Dr. Michael D. Blodgett
U.S. History Since 1877
September 13, 2014
Paper One: Presidency of Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson was a man with intellect and reasons. His main desire was to end all future wars in the nation. He proposed an international peacekeeping force called the League of Nations. “Wilson’s Third great legacy to American foreign policy is presented more fully in the fourteen points than in The Treaty of Versaille.” (xiv.) Where he talks about his plans for keeping the peace between all nations. Woodrow Wilson was raised by Mr. Joseph Ruggles, his father and also his mentor, to be a religious man. Mr. Wilson encouraged his son, Woodrow Wilson “to develop an oratorical skills and stressed precision in speech and writing.” (1). Wilson had so many achievements in his early life, but the proudest achievement he got was he became the President of the United States of America. Wilson was also a president of Princeton University, where he admired all the businessmen in their own fields. When he started playing the role as the president in Princeton, he used this opportunity to make the University a training ground for future leaders; “by these future leaders must not be narrowly trained technicians” they must also have the characteristic of being a leader and have a mind of their on. During Wilson’s time as president, the constitution have become less important and his power to inspire, shape, and lead public opinion became his main priority. (8)“To wilson he believed politically
controlled and directed economic development was the basis of progress.” (9) According to Wilson, Capitalist only sought power and profit for purely selfish reasons, like monopoly. He believes that the government should control all the businesses because real growth needs to be guided or shaped by politics rather than rely on unlimited resources. “Irresistible energy and efficiency of harmony and cooperation” could help the society move forward, but the government will still regulate and guide them to public interest(9). Without regulations and controls, these selfish competitions would cause conflict and violence in so many ways(9). He believes that the government should control all the businesses, real growth needs to be guided or shaped by politics rather than rely on unlimited resources. Wilson was a democrat and he believed that people should have the freedom that this country has promised.
Wilson assumed that the president alone is the only sole voice on the nation, and didn't thought about the member of the cabinet as a political officers at all. (8). Wilson’s vision of presidency only evolved around his own political views and it resulted on a constant search for ways to secure the national unity and leadership. Wilson’s views were extraordinary and had a lot of potentials, he understood what the people wanted. “He was a party leader, symbol of national unity, and interpreter of the wishes of all people.” (8.) By the beginning of the Wilson administration, Wilson created a union system, where he reduced the working hour and raised the minimum wages. Some federal agencies even had a sevenhour, sixday week of working. Also Wilson created a strongly unionized manufacturing industry. By 1912, the union had 2.5 million members. The unions became important to the economy and slowly turning into a political force. After 10 years workers “productivity had grown by more than 50 per cent, but
wages kept pace with that increase.” (16). Employments were high, but the unemployment stise rose between 1908, 1914 and 1952 to 12 per cent. “By 1913, when woodrow wilson was inaugurated, american industries were pioneering in the production of a new flood of consumer goods, including automobiles, telephones and movies.” (17). There no insurance for workers back then, thousand of people were either injured or dead during industrial accidents, many of ...
Cited: Clements, Kendrick A. The Presidency of Woodrow Wilson. Lawrence, Kan.: U of
Kansas, 1992. Print.
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