An excerpt from a pamphlet featuring President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points, 1919.
Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points outlined his vision for a lasting peace and the creation of a world safe for democracy to flourish. His idealistic rhetoric was met with resistance, however, during negotiations for the Treaty of Versailles, when European nations came to the table with a more punitive plan for peace. One of the most divisive of Wilson’s points was the final one about the creation of a “league of nations” that would protect the sovereignty of countries large and small. The League of Nations was established in 1920 following World War I, but, ironically, the United States never joined.