WORLD WAR I Chapter 30: The War to End War. Was it in the best interests of the United States to stay neutral or declare war in 1917?. CAUSES OF WORLD WAR I: M A N I A. M ilitarism - policy of building up strong military forces to prepare for war
Was it in the best interests of the United States to stay neutral or declare war in 1917?
Big Four-: W. Wilson (US), D. Lloyd George (GB), G. Clemenceau (France) and V. Orlando (Italy)
Wilson (a Democrat) needed 2/3 vote to ratify the treaty but the Republicans were hesitant
Partisanship (rivalry between the parties) defeats the treaty
Many Senators felt the treaty would drag us into world affairs (the League of Nations) and war
Some Democrats turned on Wilson and voted the treaty down.
The treaty is rejected by 7 votes
Wilson takes his case to the public in hopes of saving his treaty in the election of 1920
By 1921 the League of Nations was running without the U.S. as a member (whose president had created it)
Could WWII have been avoided if the US joined the League of Nations?