Notes 2008-02-01

Notes 2008-02-01 - Postwar Foreign Policy Henry Cabot Lodge...

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Postwar Foreign Policy Henry Cabot Lodge Dawes Plan Wilson's plan for peace – most controversial part was the League of Nations. Wilson was confident that he could get the American public on board with the League of Nations proposal, despite the fact that many considered it an unacceptable loss of sovereignty. In the 1918 election, Republicans gained control of the House and Senate. Wilson's biggest opponents were called the irreconcilables . They were mostly isolationists and progressives. They were the same people who had opposed America's entry into World War I. Henry Cabot Lodge had a particular problem with Article X, a specific military commitment. Lodge proposed amendments that would allow the US to retain most of its sovereignty, but Wilson felt that he had already compromised his principles too much and refused to budge. There had always been a tremendous amount of personal animosity between Lodge and Wilson. Instead of compromising, Wilson took his case to the American people by embarking on a speaking tour. It was more than Wilson could physically handle at age 63. He collapsed in Colorado and his
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