What Were the Failures of Woodrow Wilson?


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Failures of Woodrow Wilson included the dissolution of his Fourteen Points plan, the screening of the racist film "The Birth of a Nation" in the White House and allowing parts of the government to remain segregated. He also suffered a stroke and was physically incapable of performing some of his duties as president, which reduced his influence.

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What Were the Failures of Woodrow Wilson?
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Wilson introduced the Fourteen Points to bring an end to World War I, but his allies were unconvinced of his proposals. Georges Clemenceau of France and David Lloyd George of Britain were hesitant to accept his plan because they felt one provision was too lenient on Germany. British leaders came aboard when harsher measures were placed on Germany, but they rejected his idea about freedom of the seas.

Wilson fell ill during the Paris peace conference, and Clemenceau changed much of Wilson's original ideas. Very little of Wilson's Fourteen Points was incorporated into the Treaty of Versailles. The treaty failed to please all parties, and it ultimately paved the way for World War II. The U.S. Senate never ratified his plan.

When it came to civil rights, Wilson's army paid African Americans the same amount as whites, but they remained segregated, and they were kept from combat. Wilson felt that segregation benefited blacks, and he believed that they should have shared the same sentiment.

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