Woodrow Wilson: President Woodrow Wilson And World War I

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Kelsey Dodge Adv US History Woodrow Wilson and World War I Woodrow Wilson was President at the time that World War I began. By tracing his actions we can see why he did the things that he did. American leaders hoped that the United States would be a model for a world at peace. On August 4, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed neutrality of the United States. Woodrow Wilson was following the advice of former President George Washington; “beware of entangling alliances”. On February 4, 1915, the Germans declared the waters around the British Isles a war zone. The Germans advertised in American newspapers trying to influence Americans not to travel on British ships. One man who wanted to keep Americans…show more content…
Zimmerman promised to help Mexico regain lost territory that the United States took away (all of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico). Unfortunately for Zimmerman, the British intercepted the message and decoded it. Then the British eagerly delivered it to President Wilson. To persuade Congress to give him the power to wage an undeclared naval war and protect American merchant ships against German submarines, Wilson published the Zimmerman note. A wave of anger swept through the United States and the Armed Ship bill was passed. The Zimmerman note changed Wilson’s original intentions because the note angered the United States. On April 2, 1917 Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on…show more content…
Wilson’s dream did not turn out as he would have hoped. President Wilson met in Paris with Prime Minister David Lloyd George of Great Britain, Premier Georges Clemenceau of France, and Premier Vittorio Orlando of Italy. Wilson irritated the other members of the “Big Four”. They saw Wilson as a self-righteous leader who was always worried about “all mankind.” They compared him Fourteen Points with the Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai. The Versailles Treaty came out of the Paris Peace Conference. When Wilson returned home he was greeted like a hero. His triumph was short and what frightened Americans the most was the plan for the League of Nations (came from Wilson’s Fourteen Points). The Untied States never joined Wilson’s League of

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