Treaty of Versailles. DBQ

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The summer of 1914 in Europe came along with one of the mast disastrous and bloody wars that ever existed on the planet. The Great War of World War 1 as it is called, violent discontent between so no many different countries in the world in which many died. By 1917, after many difficulties of neutrality, the United "States had to enter the Great War.

On January 8, 1918, Wooldrow Wilson the president at the time, turn U.S. participation in the war into a religious crusade. He wanted to change the nature of international relations and to make the world safe for democracy. This war was merely a struggle among imperialist powers. Wooldrow Wilson announced his plan, which was meant to organize peace. These were Wilson's fourteen paints. It argued for "open covenants of peace openly arrived at" freedom of seas, equality of trade, and self-determination for all peoples. His most important point, which was the last one (14th) called for international origination, a "League of Nations", to preserve peace.

Later, in 1918, Wilson announced a conference, where he said he would head the American delegation in Paris, "revealing his belief that he alone could overcome the forces of greed and imperialism in Europe and bring peace to the world" (Nash pg 725). Most Americans probably supported the "League of Nations" in the summer of 1919. Few, like farmer senator Albert Bevendge of Indiana, a nationalist, "denounced the league as the work of amiable old male grannies who, over their afternoon tea, are planning to denationalize America and the nation's manhood"(Nash pg 727). He thought Wilson's only purpose was to denationalize the U.S.

By the time Wilson returned to the U.S. he was more surprised by the opposition he encountered in his home country. The treaty...