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Woodrow Wilson
President Wilson’s Vision For Post-War America “The men in the trenches...will return to their homes...and...will demand real thinking and sincere action.”.
31/08/1918. American Doughboys began to flood into France in the first half of 1918, and the German command determined to make a major push to gain an advantage in the war before the Americans could make their presence felt. Their offensive did not go well, and in early August a counter-attack by the Allies placed the Germans on the defensive for the balance of the war. So by late August 1918, it was clear that the war would be won, and moreover would end in the forseeable future. As victories piled up throughout September, the President was concentrating on negotiations to end the war and the on the need to reorder world affairs along the lines of his famous 14-points. However, he was also thinking deeply about the domestic scene and beginning to consider the shape of post-war America.Wilson started his political career as governor of New Jersey and as such was leader of that state’s Democratic Party. He left Washington just a few times during World War I, believing that his personal presence was important to the war effort. In this spirit, he declined, probably with real regret, an invitation to speak at a banquet being held by Democrats in New Jersey in the lead-up to the 1918 election. Instead, he sent this striking message to his old colleagues, one likely to be read to the group. It constitutes his definitive view of how America would need to change as a result of the war.Typed Document Signed as President on White House letterhead, 3 pages, Washington, circa September 1918, to the Toastmaster of the Democratic Reorganization Banquet. Wilson started with a summatio … [Click Below for Full Description]
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