Woodrow Wilson Woodrow Wilson was the 28th president of the United States. He was clearly an important icon in the action of the United States entering World War I. He also played a major role in the US participating in more world affairs during his presidency. He came to be known as the "prophet of peace" though still today he is a controversial figure in the history of the United States.
Wilson had a very strong belief of executive leadership. He carried out a plan called the Federal Reserve Act, which set up a new system to back finance and banking; the Clayton Antitrust Act, which strengthened earlier laws limiting the power of large corporations, and the organization of the Federal Trade Commission. Woodrow Wilson also did things that appealed to the common people like securing federal loans, marketing aid for farmers, and supporting 8-hour day for railroad workers. He even tried to pass a law that prohibits child labor, which was later shut down by the Supreme Court. These acts helped him receive a popular majority of votes in his second running for president by heavy farmers, labor, and reform voters.
Wilson had promoted the most corruption-free American war attempt up to that time period. After the United States had no choice but to join World War I, three years after its commencement in 1914, a draft was established called the Selective Service System. Though the US tried to stay neutral during the war, Woodrow Wilson did declare war against Germany, due to its lack to stop attacking US ships without warning. The war finished fall of 1918, about a year after the US had entered in favor of the Allies.
This came as a victory for the United States, and proved the amount of power it controlled. After the war was over President Woodrow Wilson outlined a peace plan called the 14 points. It called for national determination and an end to colonialism. This proposal raised the hopes of liberals around the world. He was in pur.