Analysis: Woodrow Wilson

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Analysis: Woodrow Wilson

William Heiges


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.


“The story of the rejection of the League of Nations revolves largely around the personality and character of Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth President of the United States. Born in Virginia and reared in the Yankee-gutted Georgia and the Carolinas, Wilson early developed a burning hatred of war and a passionate attachment to the Confederate-embraced principle of self-determination for minority peoples.”(Oates 158).

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        Woodrow Wilson wanted to be a man of the people, even at a young age. He wasn’t a big fan of violence or wars, yet he had to lead the American nation into World War I. At the war’s end, Wilson’s dream was to find a way to prevent any further wars from ever occurring again. To do this, he established the League of Nations, which could also be referred to as the “world court,” with politicians and representatives as the judges. The dream came to a collapse when the Senate rejected the league and America backed away into their ...

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