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Fourteen Points

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  • The Fourteen Points was a statement of principles for world peace that was to be used for peace negotiations in order to end World War 1.
  • President Wilson hoped that the promise of a just peace would be embraced by the populations in enemy nations and generate momentum for ending the war.
  • Wilson directly addressed what he perceived as the causes for the world war by calling for the abolition of secret treaties.
  • Wilson launched a tireless missionary campaign to overcome opposition in the U.S. Senate to the adoption of the treaty and membership in the League, the treaty was never adopted by the Senate, and the United States never joined the League of Nations.
  • Wilson discovered that England, France, and Italy were mostly interested in regaining what they had lost and gaining more by punishing Germany.
  • Later, Wilson suggested that without American participation in the League, there would be another world war within a generation.
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