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David Gibson History 51 Prof. Seery-Murphy April 13, 2008 Primary Source Analysis When the first Great War ended in 1918, it had left most of Europe and parts of Asia ravaged and depleted. Buildings, homes, peoples, all were causalities of this Great War. When Germany and the axis powers finally surrendered at the Treaty of Versailles, the great European powers on the allied side, England, France, and Russia wanted to punish Germany, so hard as to ruin them, leaving them broke, embarrassed, and in depression. President Woodrow Wilson however had a different vision, a vision in which we conduct a fair and reasonable treaty with Germany and its allies. President Wilson believed that "unless justice is to be done unto Germany it will not be done unto us." 1. (Reilly 378) President Wilson created his vision of peace, the "Fourteen Points", and brought them to the international treaty in aspirations of pursuing his idea of peace. President Wilson was a very educated man who was in a sense sort of an idealist. A graduate from the University of Virginia, John Hopkins University and Princeton University where he became the only president in history to have earned a Doctoral, which he earned in History and Political Science. President Wilson eventually became the President of Princeton University before becoming president of the United States 2. (www.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodrow_Wilson) President Woodrow Wilson was raised in a southern Presbyterian family, his father Reverend Dr. Joseph Wilson headed the church in his hometown of Staunton, Virginia. President Woodrow Wilson has a Scottish and Irish ancestry. Before Woodrow Wilson became a politician he was a teacher at Princeton 2
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University, later becoming President of the school. After a career as a teacher and administrator Wilson entered Politics, becoming the Governor of New Jersey from 1910- 1912. In 1912 Woodrow Wilson became the twenty eight president of the United States. 3. (www.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodrow_Wilson) In January 1918 President Woodrow Wilson Wrote his letter entitled " Fourteen Points", a letter which was to be presented before congress and then to the allied powers of Europe at the treaty of Versailles. "Fourteen Points" was written by President Wilson himself in the quite hours of the Oval Office. With war there are always victors and losers, and depending on the reasons of the war, how it was conducted, and the damage it caused to those involved a variety of consequences can come forth. President Wilson the
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