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Members would help preserve peace and prevent future wars Treaty of Versailles Other countries felt that Wilson was too lenient on Germany
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Treaty of Versailles signed on _June 28, 1919_ Weakened or discarded Wilson’s proposals Harsh on Germany _Stripped of Armed Forces_ _Pay reparations (33 billion)_ _Acknowledge guilt for started WWI_ Wilson disappointed but they did call for creation of League of Nations U.S. Rejects the Treaty Treaty of Versailles and League of nation immediately have opposition _”The Irreconciliables”_ Group of senators Called League of Nations “entangling alliance” that Washington, Jefferson and Monroe warned against League might supercede the power of Congress and force US to fight in foreign conflicts _”reservationists”_ Lead by _Henry Cabot Lodge_ Supported the League but would only ratify treaty with amendments that would preserve ability to act independently Wilson feared changes would defeat basic purpose of the League. Wilson took case to American people _8,000 miles and 30 major speeches in 3 weeks_ September 25, collapses in Colorado and returns to White House Bedridden Voted in November 1919 and March 1920 Refused to ratify treaty 1921 after Wilson left office Negotiated separate peace Never Joined League of Nations.
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