Woodrow Wilson: Fourteen Points

(1918)

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In an address to Congress on January 8, 1918, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson outlined Fourteen Points that he believed should be the basis of a peace agreement ending World War I. His Fourteen Points speech preempted the territorial claims of the United States' cobelligerents and successfully established his lofty goals as the starting point for peace negotiations. More than that, it marked a turning point in world politics. In Wilson's new international order, morality and law would...