America Enters the Great War: Wilson’s Struggle Preparing the Nation for World War I

In his speech before Congress, Wilson laid out evidence of why the United States should now join its allies, Great Britain and France. Introduction On April 2, 1917, Washington buzzed with excitement. While “a soft fragrant rain of early spring” poured over the city, thousands of people clogged the streets and hotels; others stood near[…]

A Public Right to Know: Woodrow Wilson’s Hidden Stroke of 1919

Examining Woodrow Wilson’s stroke, the historical implications of his health decline, and its impact on United States foreign policy. Introduction World War I catapulted the United States from traditional isolationism to international involvement in a major European conflict. Woodrow Wilson envisaged a permanent American imprint on democracy in world affairs through participation in the League[…]

The Progressive Presidents: Teddy Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson

The ownership of corporations and the relationship between owners and laborers were the contentious topics of the period. Roosevelt’s Square Deal At the dawn of the twentieth century, America was at a crossroads. Presented with abundant opportunity, but also hindered by significant internal and external problems, the country was seeking leaders who could provide a[…]