Impact Of Woodrow Wilson's Presidency

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President Woodrow Wilson was the last of the Progressive Presidents and as such caused great economic, political and social change. He served between 1913 and 1921 during which he imposed economic change through reforms, both national and international political change and a change in the role of women, giving them the right to vote. The effects of Wilsons presidency created abundant change within American society that had long lasting impacts. Political change was imminent in Wilsons second term as he was given emergency presidential power to, in some cases, bypass Congress, to speed up the law-making process. For example, he imposed the Selective Services Act in 1917 which authorised conscription in the US so that the military could be built up quickly and would not have to rely wholly on volunteers; according to Khan Academy this was well received by the American public as they were incredibly patriotic and believed it was their responsibility to support their nation, as such few men dodged. Wilson also passed the Espionage Act (1917) and the Sedition Act (1918) to criminalise criticism of the actions US government and armed forces during the war by censoring all forms of media, including speeches and written forms of media. …show more content…

His program was an idealistic plan for peace promoting open diplomacy to remove cause for conflict, deal with territorial integrity and endorsed an international peace keeping organisation: The League of Nations. Although the Fourteen Points were imposed on the Treaty of Versailles that ultimately failed it became an important part of the idealistic ideas in Americas Foreign Policy during the 20th Century. The idea behind the League of Nations, which was also unsuccessful, has prevailed, having a lasting impact on modern day society in the United

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