An excerpt from a speech by President Woodrow Wilson in support of the League of Nations, September 5, 1919.
In this speech, President Wilson defends his idea for a League of Nations to a crowd at a coliseum in St. Louis, Missouri. He discusses the merits of his “little endeavor” and argues why the League, or a coalition of nations that would protect the sovereignty of countries around the world, would be a necessary part of any lasting peace between the nations of the world. He urges both sides of the aisle—Republican and Democrat—to come to an agreement that America should join the League of Nations. Wilson originally proposed the idea for the League of Nations as the final tenet of his Fourteen Points plan.