Woodrow Wilson: Address to Congress Leading to a Declaration of War against Germany

(1917)

Woodrow Wilson's Address to Congress Leading to a Declaration of War against Germany, delivered to a joint session of Congress on April 2, 1917, asked the legislature to recognize that a state of war existed between the United States and Germany. In addition to Congress, Wilson directed his speech to the American people, offering a rationale as to why the United States must enter the conflict. Notably, Wilson called for a war to make the world “safe for democracy.” This idealistic declaration set the United States apart from the other warring nations, which fought for specific...

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President Woodrow Wilson addressing Congress in 1917 (Library of Congress)

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