Allied forces were relieved to hear that on April 6, 1917, the United States finally entered
World War I.
After three years of fighting with heavy economic and personal causalities, the
war had reached a stalemate.
The United States was widely seen as a force that could break the
stalemate, and bring an Allied victory.
The United States entered World War I only after three
years of neutrality however.
Since 1915, the U.S. had been withstanding aggression from
warring nations, particularly Germany, but refused to fight.
This was due largely in part to the
leadership of President Woodrow Wilson.
However, one month after winning re-election for his
neutral stance, Wilson asked Congress to declare war.
Wilson has been criticized for his quick
and dramatic reversal concerning such an important issue.
Upon further research of the subject
however, one can see that Wilson may have foreseen that the war would eventually draw the
United States into armed conflict.
There are many reasons for why the United States entered the
war, including economic and diplomatic reasons, and also largely for the safety of the United
Such a dramatic ideological change only happens with careful thought and foresight
however, and Wilson had both when considering the entry of the United States into World War I.
Through examination of his speeches and actions, once can see that President Woodrow Wilson
foresaw and advocated the eventual armed participation of the United States in World War I, and
had been planning on entry for several months.
Woodrow Wilson has been criticized for entering the United States in World War I.
Debates concerning Wilson’s actions continued into the 1920’s, 1930’s, and even today.
popular criticism comes from the popular conservative radio and television host Glenn Beck who
writes, “Wilson won reelection on keeping America out of war. A month after he was sworn in,
we went to war.”
While this represents a modern conservative argument, Beck is not exclusive
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