Woodrwo Wilson-In first person

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I am the shell of a man that once stood up to champion the rights of the American individual and the noble country America in the Treaty of Versailles. The year is 1922 and I am no longer the American president due to a series of strokes that have physically weakened me, but once upon a time I was a man of standing, a man capable of bringing about tremendous change in one of the greatest countries of the world. I am Woodrow Wilson and here is my story.

Born in Staunton, Virginia in 1856 to a Presbyterian minister who during the Civil War was a pastor in Augusta, Georgia, I knew of the horrors of war. I was educated at Princeton University followed by the University of Virginia Law School and finally awarded a doctorate in political science from Johns Hopkins University in 1886. From 1902 to 1910 I held the position of president at Princeton University.

After serving as the governor of New Jersey for two years I was nominated for the presidency at the 1912 Democratic convention. Once president I worked to better the economic situation for the common man, a plan I called the New Freedom, with a graduated federal income tax, lower tariffs, child labor laws, and the establishment of a Federal Trade Commission to prohibit unfair business practices.

I was to become most widely known and recognized however through my foreign policy. I did my utmost to ensure an "open door" in China and to improve relations with Latin America, which I am most proud of, however, I also injudiciously intervened in Mexican affairs and involved America in the Great War. From the start I had promoted American neutrality in the European war, even campaigning for my second term under the slogan "he...