Woodrow Wilson; From Passive Progressive to War-time President
Woodrow Wilson was a great president. His early administration was very much a part of stabilizing the disinergrating American economy at the time, as well as channeling foreign concerns, with peaceful realities. He was elected president in both 1912, and 1917, both trips to Whitehorse meant something different to Wilson. The country was also in different moods and circumstances. Looking at Wilson's first and second Innagurational addresses, as well as his well schemed fourteen points peace treaty, one can get a good understanding of the change Wilson went through from one term to the other.
Bring 1912. The country is growing as a world economic contender, but at what cost? Children were being put to work as young as 7 years old, because of the size of their fingers, and hands to get where grown men couldn't. America was loosing its innocence to the textile, and machinery factories that developed out of reconstruction. Woodrow Wilson was an up and coming progressive Democrat that believed strongly in workforce reform, as well as economic renewal. His competition in the election of 1912 brought a very famous and also progressive Theodore Roosevelt, ru
" Wilson's statement," while we reared giant machinery which made it impossible that any but those who stood at the levers of control should have a chance to look out for themselves. The Republican Party nominated William Taft as their vote for the president. Reduction of armaments, and the demilitarization of the Rhineland, and other parts of Europe was the forth point. After releasing the points to the powers, the allies considered the points a source for central power war propaganda, and turned their nose up at the idea. Wilson immediately goes into the conflicts overseas. His second Inaugural address was a very sentimental one. His first response is to hold his ground as a progressive, peaceful president by saying," we have been deeply wronged upon the seas, but we have not wished to wrong or injure in return; have retained throughout the consciousness of standing in some sort apart; intent upon an interest that transcended the immediate issues of war itself. Point nine wanted to realign the Italian frontiers. Though his re-election campaign geared on the idea of American isolationism, Wilson knew that war with Europe was eminent. The third point called for a removal of barriers of blockade, and refugee placement form in between nations. This in fact, was the basis for his re-election in 1917. " Roosevelt, a Progressive Party candidate, and Taft, a Republican, believed in the big business plan. " He shows his anti-big business attitude by speaking of," the great contributions of Industry, but at the cost of human lives, and family time. Wilson is directly becoming a wartime president, and learning from it.