President Woodrow Wilson And The Failure Of The League Of Nations

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The failure of the United States in the Paris Peace Treaty meeting, and the absence of its support in the League of Nations definitely hindered the recovery from World War 1 and weakened the United Sates influence on post events. Whether or not President Woodrow Wilson is at fault has been debated since the events of the First World War. It is believed that the president must hold the responsibility for the United States` actions and failures since he had acted on the United States behalf, but it is also argued that the blame falls to the citizens of America, and Wilson`s enemies for giving him grievances that prevented him from taking the best course of action. Some history critics may even argue that it is the fault of the allies for allowing …show more content…
However in 1917, Congress had set to declare war on Germany due to the discovery of the Zimmerman telegram which was sent by Germany in order to incite Mexico to attack the United States. Following the sinking of the Lusitania, which resulted in the deaths of many Americans, Germany had prodded the United States too much; the United States government was caused to take action. Wilson passionately called out Germany, and took a series of steps in order to increase the American populations` support of the War. One of these steps included the creation of the Committee of Public Information, to be led by George Creel. This committee instigated a wild “patriotic fervor” in the United States, which was accompanied by the strong discrimination of German-Americans. Wilson had unintentionally created the war among the country`s own population, that which he had intended to prevent by keeping the United States neutral. His initial anger and fervor for striking back at the Germans ignited an attitude in the American people that would create barriers against his ideas for peace later on. However, the increased patriotism in Americans did give the Allied Powers the support needed for to win the …show more content…
There are some points that reason that the fault may lay with the Allied Powers. The Allies were more concerned about the reparations they would receive from Germany than helping the world recover from the war. It is said that “America`s allies understood that Wilson`s principles jeopardized their own postwar plans for the acquisition of enemy territory” and so at the Paris Peace Conference they modified Wilson`s requests in a way that they still achieved the land they wanted. The end of the League of Nations was definitely influenced by the hole left by the United States, but the League wouldn’t have continued as it began since the nations were only united because each was looking to better their own

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