The History Book Club - THE FIRST WORLD WAR: PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSONS FOURTEEN POINTS Showing 1-17 of 17
Wilson asks for declaration of war
Thomas Woodrow Wilson December 28, to February 3, was an academic and politician who served as the two-term 28th president of the United States from to Wilson spent his youth in the South observing the Civil War and its aftermath. A dedicated scholar and enthusiastic orator, he earned multiple degrees before embarking on a university career. In a fast rise politically, he spent two years as governor of New Jersey before being elected in to the presidency of the United States. His legacy includes sweeping reforms for the middle class, voting rights for women and precepts for world peace. However Wilson is also known for a dismal record on race relations. During the last year of his presidency, Wilson suffered his second stroke and died three years after leaving office.
Subsequently these points were used as the basis for peace negotiations. The need for this statement of war aims was prompted by the failure of the Allies to agree upon a formulation of them, and by the overtures of Russia toward Germany. House for the purpose of studying Allied and American policy. The United States was a reluctant belligerent in the Great War, and the Wilson administration did its best to remain neutral. Finally, however, in response to entreaties from the Allies and a renewed German U-boat campaign, the United States declared war on the Central Powers in April
View WWI DBQ from HISTORY at Ridgewood High School. Document A: Woodrow Wilson Speech #1 The effect of the war upon the United States will.
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In his address to Congress that day, Wilson lamented it is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war. Four days later, Congress obliged and declared war on Germany. In February and March , Germany, embroiled in war with Britain, France and Russia, increased its attacks on neutral shipping in the Atlantic and offered, in the form of the so-called Zimmermann Telegram, to help Mexico regain Texas , New Mexico and Arizona if it would join Germany in a war against the United States. At first, Wilson asked only for volunteer soldiers, but soon realized voluntary enlistment would not raise a sufficient number of troops and signed the Selective Service Act in May The Selective Service Act required men between 21 and 35 years of age to register for the draft, increasing the size of the army from , troops to 4 million by the end of the war.
Materials: Classroom Textbook Excerpt on U. Introduce main question: Today were going to look at why the U. Wilson was a Democrat from New Jersey, but he won the support of many Progressives because he opposed political machines. However, he invited controversy because of his views on race. Discussion: According to the second speech, why did the U. How has Wilsons attitude changed from the first speech? Do you trust Wilsons speech and the reasons he gives for entering WWI?