Here are two selected quotes from two speeches by President Wilson; the first one one is from his war speech before Congress (April 2, 1917) in which he explained why the defeat of Germany would be best for the Unites States. The other quote is excerpted from a speech he made three months earlier in which he reasoned as to why a fair peace treaty was vital in maintaining peace:
"...It must be a peace without victory... Only a peace between equals can last. Only a peace the very principle of which is equality and a common participation in a common benefit. The right state of mind, the right feeling between nations, is as necessary for a lasting peace as is the just settlement of vexed questions of territory or of racial and national allegiance..."
Click here to read a simple list of Wilson's 14 Points.
Written twelve years after the end of the First World War, this Collier's Magazine article recalls a number of incidences that serve to illustrate how the ruling class in Washington bungled and mismanaged the war.
Click here to read a short film review of one of Hollywood's first W.W. I movies: Wings, directed by William Wellman.
Attached is an essay by Woodrow Wilson (1856 — 1924) in which the former president implored his fellow citizens to see that the world has indeed been made safe for democracy and that better days are ahead, regardless of the events in Russia and their own fears of communism at home.
A brief account of the two inaugural ceremonies of President Woodrow Wilson.
The 1913 inauguration was the first to be documented with a motion picture camera.
Read about an attack on President Wilson that was launched by the suffragettes in 1918...
This article remembers the relationship Wilson enjoyed with a much admired editor and columnist for the N.Y. World, Frank Cobb (1869 - 1923). A page from the newspaperman's diary recalls his 1917 visit with the President on the night before he appeared before Congress seeking the declaration of war.
"I'd never seen him so worn down. He looked as if he hadn't slept - and he said he hadn't..."
What Harry Hopkins was to FDR, Edward Mandell House (1858 – 1938) was to Woodrow Wilson (1856 – 1924) - senior advisor and close confidant. When this article was on the newsstands Wilson had been out of the White House for three years, yet House was still seen as a shrewd observer of the political landscape. In this piece from Time Magazine, we gat to read about some of his doings during the Post-W.W. I era.