Woodrow Wilson and the Leage of Nations

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“We cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose,” declared President Woodrow Wilson, “We (must) stand together until the end” (Wilson 2). These powerful proclamations were voiced by Wilson in one of his most famous addresses, the “Fourteen Points” on January 8, 1918. As the world was in the midst of the Great War, violence, starvation, and the beginnings of communism plagued Europe. The question that kept lingering in the minds of everyone affected was what was to come in the future. President Wilson wanted to offer relief to the crumbling world. He realized that if war was to end, and lasting peace was to work, “the victors must swallow their pride and offer relief to the vanquished” (Lodge 1). In an effort to get this notion going, he outlined a plan that sought to “make the world fit and safe to live in” (Lodge 1). It included everything from freedom of the seas to creating an international organization that would help mediate any upcoming disputes between member nations. Wilson presented his innovative formula with a confident, high moral tone to his European counterparts using logical and ethical appeal, as well as repetition, to accentuate a thesis that carried a theme of freedom and democracy throughout. In the long run, he could not convince his opposition entirely, however, his work established a foundation for today’s system of peaceful negotiating. When World War I began in 1914, the majority of the United States wanted to remain isolated. However,

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