President Woodrow Wilson Was Not Pro War

1415 Words Apr 21st, 2015 6 Pages
World War I was probably history’s worst catastrophe, and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson was substantially responsible for the unintended consequences of the war. In 1916, President Wilson narrowly won re-election after campaigning on the slogan, "He kept us out of war; unbeknownst to the country, Wilson’s slogan would not remain true. Although the U.S. played a significant military role only during the last six months of the war, Wilson’s great mistake of joining the war cost the United States more causalities and money than ever necessary. However, President Woodrow Wilson was not pro-war from the start. When the war began in 1914, it was the logical decision for Wilson to keep the United States neutral. A majority of Americans had either emigrated from Europe or had family members that had done so. Therefore, most of these people were partial to Britain and France’s (the Allied Powers) cause. In this case, it was the wise decision for Wilson to not take sides in the war, so as not to alienate a large number of Americans which would cause an abundance of tension and division between the people of the U.S. Also, it was the best interest of the United States to remain neutral so one they could continue trading with all of the European market. However, as the war went on, Wilson sided with the British. The United States sent Britain money and ammunition throughout WWI. Some historians believe this is a reason the U.S joined the war…
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