In his April 1917 War Declaration President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that the intent of American participation was to “make the world safe for democracy.” Yet, some historians portray the Treaty of Versailles as a punitive settlement that abandoned long-term peace for short-term revenge. Some historians claim the United States helped the Allied Powers win the war but then lost the peace, as they attribute the absence of the United States from the League of Nations to be a major contribution to the outbreak of WWII. Could US membership in the League of Nations have prevented WWII? Did the US shirk its responsibility to international peace and democratic protection by rejecting the treaty? Did Senate rejection of the treaty safeguard American democratic rule?
Seminar Prompt:Should the United States have ratified or rejected the Versailles Peace Treaty? Key Terms:
Wilson’s Fourteen Points