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War, Prosperity, and Depression U.S. triumphs in World War I, suffers through downturn In the end, there was little left of Wilson's proposals for a generous and lasting peace  but the League of Nations itself, which he had made an integral part of the treaty.   Displaying poor judgment, however, the president had failed to involve leading  Republicans in the treaty negotiations.  Returning with a partisan document, he then  refused to make concessions necessary to satisfy Republican concerns about  protecting American sovereignty. With the treaty stalled in a Senate committee, Wilson began a national tour to appeal for  support.  On September 25, 1919, physically ravaged by the rigors of peacemaking and 
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Unformatted text preview: the pressures of the wartime presidency, he suffered a crippling stroke. Critically ill for weeks, he never fully recovered. In two separate votes – November 1919 and March 1920 – the Senate once again rejected the Versailles Treaty and with it the League of Nations. The League of Nations would never be capable of maintaining world order. Wilson’s defeat showed that the American people were not yet ready to play a commanding role in world affairs. His utopian vision had briefly inspired the nation, but its collision with reality quickly led to widespread disillusion with world affairs. America reverted to its instinctive isolationism....
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This note was uploaded on 12/22/2011 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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