Woodrow Wilson: Fourteen Points

(1918)

Impact

Wilson's Fourteen Points won him acclaim around the globe. People from all walks of life welcomed Wilson's vision of an international system based on shared mutual interests and collective security. The Fourteen Points became the moral standard to which liberals and Socialists rallied. In the United States most progressive leaders embraced Wilson's ideas. Even Lenin, who later denounced Wilson's ideas as bourgeois and capitalist, responded positively and arranged the distribution of the Fourteen Points in Russia. Organizations advocating similar ideas, such as the League of Nations Society in Britain, grew dramatically after the speech. The German government, which initially rejected the Fourteen Points and imposed a harsh peace on Russia, appealed for peace on the basis of the Fourteen Points in October 1918 after suffering a succession of military defeats on the Western Front.

Still, most of the leaders of the warring nations opposed parts of the Fourteen Points....

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Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points (National Archives and Records Administration)

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