Woodrow Wilson 's A World Safe For Democracy

1311 Words6 Pages
The time period was the early Twentieth century. The first war of the world has been raging for nearly two and a half years. The United States was fresh off the Spanish-American War and the Philippine–American War. Looking to settle down and get back to normalcy, the American people had had enough. The last thing they were out looking for was ways to get involved in another. That attitude is what Incumbent President Woodrow Wilson ran his campaign on. And is exactly what got him in office. Although it was a close race, Wilson would edge out his Republican counterpart Charles Hughes by three percentage points in the popular vote and by twenty three electoral votes. The people had spoken at the ballot box! NO WAR. 122. Woodrow Wilson “a world safe for democracy” (1917) On February 3, 1917 a German U-boat sank an American cargo vessel the Housatonic. It was the first of many cargo and passenger vessels that Germany sank after lifting all restrictions on submarine warfare only two days earlier. They were attempting to cut off all imports to Great Britain and starve them into submission. This direct attack on Americans prompted President Wilson on April 2, 1917 to go against his campaign and make a push for America to declare war on Germany. In his spirited speech to congress President Wilson looked to change the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world by being a country that didn’t get involved in war to meet selfish ends, we were going to war to vindicate the principles of peace and justice. We were to be the torch bearers of democracy as well as the protector to its ability to flourish throughout the world. President Wilson spoke of how it wasn’t the German people’s war. America had no quarrel with them on... ... middle of paper ... ...eserving a world safe for democracy. Although I admire his stance for America and how we ought to be perceived, I feel he took a big step back at least personally by not making his blue print demands be heard at the peace treaty meeting at the end of the war. It was a squandered opportunity to convince other countries and the world that democracy and forgiveness is what sets a country above another and makes them great. And lastly he shouldn’t have contradicted what we were fighting for by sequestering the first amendment. If he felt that the war was the right thing for America to do, he shouldn’t have allowed for a law to be made to silence people who may not agree with that perception. It would have been simpler to allow the majority who approved to speak over the minority that disapproved. I feel that would have left a better impression of Woodrow Wilson to me.

More about Woodrow Wilson 's A World Safe For Democracy

Open Document