Woodrow Wilson was born in 1856. He became America's 28th president in 1912. His father was a strict Christian minister and Woodrow Wilson was brought up in a household associated with such beliefs. He was educated at Princeton and then at the University of Virginia and John Hopkins University. It is still debatable whether he was an Idealist or a Realist – idealistic meaning he wanted peace that could not really be achieved, but some people believe him to be a Realist because they believe that his ideas were in fact realistic –. On January 1918, Woodrow Wilson had issued his Fourteen Points as a basis for idealistic world peace after World War I; he also had an idea for a League of Nations, yet failed because his own country refused to join it.
Furthermore, the Fourteen Points consisted of several points referring to Wilsonianism. Woodrow Wilson issued the Fourteen Points on January 1918, with the mindset of not punishing Germany for the cause of World War I. He aimed for everlasting peace, self-determination, and hoped to solve the problems that caused World War I (Heckscher, Woodrow Wilson). The wreckage of the European conflict, similar to the American Civil War but going past it in horror, caused Wilson to think not only of peace but to guarantee the world against future catastrophes. He wished for world peace even though the United States would have gone to war, which under normal circumstances would not be very realistic. The President had succeeded in leading a united nation into war, but beneath the surface political and social dissent burned fiercely (Heckscher, Woodrow Wilson).
When he faced the ultimate choice, Wilson knew well what the costs of war would be in civil rights and human decency at home. Wilson knew just as well what he was getting into when he lead the nation into war, he still had his ideals of world peace. The only alternative to armed neutrality was war (Arthur S.
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