What Is The Importance Of President Woodrow Wilson Asks Congress To Declare War, 1917

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In Document 1: “President Woodrow Wilson Asks Congress to Declare War, 1917”, President Wilson went before the Congress to ask them for the declaration of war against Germany; thus, result U.S. joining World War I. He talked about Germany’s submarine tactics, sinking down vessels entering the ports controlled by the Allied Powers. He further talked about Germany agreed to a set of demands that is set by Wilson. The demands included showing restraint in sinking down ships, passenger boats would not be sunk, and vessels would be given a fair warning and given opportunity to save their lives in their lifeboats. However, Germany had not lived up to these terms and has continued to destroy vessels with no compassion. Wilson explained that the motive …show more content…
He felt that US cannot stand by and face German aggression. U.S. should have the moral obligation to step forward and fight for the principles upon which it had been founded. It was for democracy. By the time Germany declared the unrestricted submarine warfare, believing they could end the war in five months; U.S. became fearful that two of the democratic nations (Britain and France) will lose. It was much like an equivalent to democracy losing to monarchy. In order to not have democracy lose (much like the reflection of the American Revolution), the United States would enter the war to fight for their …show more content…
It is the first time after George Washington’s advice to stay out of European affairs, that America would get involved in a war over in Europe. It marked the first step Americans took to change the nation from isolationists to imperialists. Americans, unlike the imperialists from the old times where nations extend their authority over foreign countries in the forms of colonies and dependencies; American imperialists is meant to be involved in the world’s affair for the benefits of American ideals. Wilson’s decision for joining the war had set a precedent for the future foreign policies to fight and make decisions that will benefit and support democracy. For example, FDR joined World War II mainly due to that Japan bombed the American military base in Pearl Harbor (an invasion on U.S. territory), which killed hundreds of American soldiers and destroyed many military ships, planes and weapons. However, during World War II, on the European side of the war, America was fighting against fascism in order to protect democracy at home because Hitler had taken over most of Europe and the public fear that he would set his eyes on U.S.

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