What Was Woodrow Wilson's Failure

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The entry into World War I in 1917 was a crucial turning point in both Woodrow Wilson's presidency but also American history in itself. When the German's announced the use of unrestricted submarine warfare and there were subsequent sinking of ships with Americans on board such as the Lusitania, the United States immediately decided to enter the war. Then, after the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, Woodrow Wilson came back with the Treaty of Versailles which would create a League of Nations. The original goal of the League was to have to power to prevent all future wars and help create more peaceful agreements worldwide. Although many Americans favored the treaty as well as the League, it did not pass in the Senate and as a result, the United States did not enter in the League of Nations. The statement, “It was the strength of the opposition forces, both liberal and conservative, rather than…show more content…
This being the immediate cause of the treaty's failure shows that Wilson truly was to bullheaded to compromise and talk things out. Historian Bailey said that after Wilson decided that he wanted deadlock because he thought it would arouse public opinion, there was a tidal wave of public opinion and was given a second chance. However, his stiff-necked personality caused him to throw that opportunity away. “first by spurning compromise, and then by spurning the Lodge reservations.” Wilson just throws away opportunities to make both sides happy and cares for nothing more than himself. It was not the strength of the opposing forces, both liberal and conservative, but rather the stubbornness of Wilson that led to the defeat in the Treaty of Versailles. Wilson himself was an incredibly stubborn man and was the main reason the treaty failed in his hands. His inability to compromise caused him to loose support within the Democratic Party, thus resulting in the Senate defeat of the
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