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Woodrow Wilson's Idealism and World War I

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Clarification as to why Woodrow Wilson failed in his crusade to make the world "safe for democracy" as he had proclaimed when he thrust the US into World War I.

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This solution explains Woodrow Wilson's idealism and how he tried to apply this to the situation in Europe during World War I. Additionally there is insight provided as to why Wilson's 14 points failed and why the US did not join the League of Nations.

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Woodrow Wilson's idealism played a huge part in this crusade to make the world "safe for democracy." Remember he had just stood successfully for re-election on the slogan "He Kept Us Out of War." The idea of being involved in an overseas war was extremely unpopular with the American people.

Germany's continued unrestricted submarine warfare coupled with the Zimmerman Telegram gave cause to America's entry into the war. Wilson insisted before a special session of Congress on April 2, 1917, that in order for the U.S. to ...

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