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Greeting President Wilson
50,000 people greeted President Wilson at a stadium in San Diego, California on September 19, 1919

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President Wilson on the campaign trail trying to raise support for the League of Nations

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World War I Ended With the Treaty of Versailles
June 28, 1919

The Treaty of Versailles imposed very rigid restrictions against Germany, including limiting its army to 100,000 members. President Wilson, who opposed the treaty, had developed his own form of reconciliation, called the "Fourteen Points." The Points included a provision for a League of Nations to prevent "the crime of war." Wilson also wanted all terms of settlement to be openly negotiated. But the actual terms of the treaty included secret arrangements for distribution of conquered German territories among the Allied Nations. Many historians believe these terms eventually led to World War II.
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CREDIT: Tunnell, O.A., photographer. "50,000 People Greeting President Wilson at Stadium, San Diego, California, September 19, 1919." Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991, American Memory collections, Library of Congress.
AUDIO CREDIT: Baker, Newton Diehl, speaker. "On League of Nations." Circa. 1919-1920. American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election, American Memory Collections, Library of Congress.