Woodrow Wilson and The Presidency Essay example

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Woodrow Wilson and His Ability To be an Effective President

     During Woodrow Wilson's two terms in office he showed to be a great democratic leader in many areas. He managed to accomplish a lot, despite his poor health that he had to deal with since his childhood. Wilson always had a strong interest in government and was always looking for changes and improvements. As president he was never afraid to show a bit of a radical side when it came to making changes. He was constantly pushing for world peace and the avoidance of World War I. Even though he was unsuccessful in avoiding the war he showed to be a great leader during it. He never gave up on anything he was trying to do. His last years of his life were
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They did not like the ideas of changing the teaching style and living style. Because of this many of his ideas were turned down.

When he first became president he pushed for equality of opportunity for all men, no matter if they were rich or poor (Collier's 509). He presented many new proposals to congress and often he presented these new proposals in person.
Wilson also created new agencies such as the Federal Reserve Board and the
Federal Trade Commission. He was also responsible for the ratification of the
18th Amendment. In 1920 during his second term, he passed the 19th Amendment which allowed women to vote. During this time he was also pressured by the southerners to allow segregation in Washington D.C. He said that this would be in the best interests of the blacks.

     Woodrow Wilson did how ever show weaknesses during his presidency.
During World War I he often took his time in making decisions. He wanted to make sure that there wasn't any other way to avoid the war. This was good that he was looking out after the interest of the country, but it could also have made the war worse. Wilson also was thought to be a weak president by ex- president Roosevelt (Encarta 6). During Roosevelt's time in office he helped
Panama succeed from Colombia in return for rights to build the Panama Canal through their country. He thought it was very unnecessary to apologies to
Colombia for helping the succession of Panama.

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