Analysis: Woodrow Wilson
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Analysis: Woodrow Wilson William Heiges 3/13/11 Period 3 A.P. US History Woodrow Wilson Woodrow Wilson was an important icon in the action of the United States entering World War I. He also played a major role in the US participating in more world affairs during his presidency. He came to be known as the "prophet of peace" though still today he is a controversial figure in the history of the United States. Wilson had a very strong belief of executive leadership. He carried out a plan called the Federal Reserve Act, which set up a new system to back finance and banking; the Clayton Antitrust Act, which strengthened earlier laws limiting the power of large corporations, and the organization of the Federal Trade Commission. His foreign policy established a new vision of America's role in the world. And he helped to make the White House the center of power in Washington. Most historians rank him among the five most important American Presidents, along with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt (Baliles 1). Woodrow Wilson was the start of a practice which we as Americans failed to realize until after WWII; you can't be isolated forever.
Wilson had unnecessarily staked his prestige on the outcome and lost. Wilson believed that if he had got the League of Nations to be formed, then his prestige would be restored with the people. When Wilson presented the League to the Senate, they turned it down in its current form, which meant Wilson had to make modifications back in Paris. Wilson was gone from the US at so many times throughout this year, that Republicans back home tried to "run the show" with no one to stop them (160). Wilson eventually was unsuccessful in trying to insert all of his ideals in the Treaty of Versailles, which came about in 1919. Many American felt that the repercussions and debts brought fourth by the English and French in the treaty were too harsh for the Germans. In the end, a weak League emerged without the presence of a once again "politically isolated" United States suffering from postwar delusions (161). It would take another thirty years before the United States would realize that they can't be politically isolated forever. Social "As a war leader, Wilson was superb. Holding aloft the torch for idealism in one hand and the flaming sword of idealism in one hand and the flaming sword of righteousness in the other, he aroused the masses to a holy crusade.
The eventually signed Treaty of Versailles only contained around four of the original fourteen points, but Wilson really would do anything to keep the League of Nations as a salvaged bit (160). In the end, it was hard for Wilson to delay the inevitable and prevent the League of Nations from failing. The European powers were just filled with too much hatred and anger to listen and Wilson's own government was delusional from the war's suffering and economic troubles. Woodrow Wilson was one of the greatest men to ever hold the title of President of the United States. His ambitions for a world democracy were the first from any president and the roots for future presidents to come. Wilson ushered in a whole new political era of global involvement, that while it was not successful, it left behind much for Wilson's eventual successors during WWII to build off from. If it had not been for Wilson's personality issues and the thoughts from his own government and the European Allies, the League of Nations may have been a great success and all of Wilson's Fourteen Points might have been included in the Treaty of Versailles, which could have led to WWII being prevented. We can only speculate and discuss these possibilities of peace and world democracy.
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