President Woodrow Wilson's Moral Diplomacy was a diplomatic approach in which support was given to countries whose moral beliefs aligned with that of the United States. Wilson's theory was that by only supporting those countries, U.S. ideals would spread to other countries that held different ideologies.Continue Reading
Wilson first proposed his policy during the 1912 election. He firmly believed in the idea of a democratic government, and hoped that his policy would help encourage the spread of democracy. Although he wanted to encourage growth around the world, his primary focus was on Latin America. His diplomatic approach differed from his predecessor, President William Howard Taft. Taft's focus was on building economic ties with other countries.
As a result of his policy, Wilson's government often intervened in other countries' affairs. Notably, he intervened in Haiti, Nicaragua and Mexico. Wilson even kept troops stationed in Nicaragua, and used those troops to choose the president of the country. In Haiti, Wilson used military force to choose the president. In Mexico, Wilson played a major role in the Mexican Revolution. Wilson occupied a major port in Mexico and effectively weakened the Mexican leader, Victoriano Huerta. Huerta was forced to give up power in favor of Venustiano Carranza.Learn more about US History
Woodrow Wilson's "New Freedom" platform for the 1912 presidential election focused on providing support for small businessmen and small farmers while attacking the trusts, banks and tariffs. "New Freedom" subsequently became what his entire 1912-1916 presidential term was referred to after he won the election.Full Answer >
King Cotton diplomacy is a term that describes the Confederate States of America's approach to foreign policy and diplomacy during the Civil War. Cotton was the Confederacy's one major asset going into the war, and they used this asset to attempt to gain a diplomatic advantage in Europe.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
Woodrow Wilson's re-election slogan, "He kept us out of the war," helped him to win the 1916 election. Wilson had been criticized by his opponent, Charles Evans Hughes, for not being prepared to enter World War I.Full Answer >