Wwi notes Becoming a World Power



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The Treaty Fight

- Wilson had neglected domestic issues & concentrated on foreign policies

- Republicans capture majority in House & Senate (1918)

- Wilson’s opponents in Senate included: “Irreconcilables” opposed to any form of treaty

+ Senators who had opposed entry into the war

+ Racist xenophobes against him as well

- Many senators dislike the League of Nations idea

- Sept 1919 - Wilson goes on a US speaking tour, but it didn’t help him politically

- Republican Henry Lodge reccommended fourteen changes to Wilson’s treaty

- Wilson instructs Democrats to vote against the Lodge version of the treaty

- Lodge version wins but not ratified

- United States never signed the Versailles Treaty or joined the League of Nations






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