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Shorthand notes for the 'Fourteen Points' speech
Wilson's shorthand notes for the "Fourteen Points" speech; he deeply believed the League of Nations was essential to lasting world peace

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Thomas Woodrow Wilson Was Born
December 28, 1856

In foreign policy, Wilson faced a greater challenge than any president since Abraham Lincoln. Deciding whether or not to involve the U.S. in World War I severely tested his leadership. Initially reluctant to send soldiers overseas, Wilson met increased pressure. On April 6, 1917, the United States went to war with Germany. Less than a year later, on January 8, 1918, Wilson made his famous "Fourteen Points" address, introducing the idea of a League of Nations. The purpose of the international organization was to preserve peace. Wilson promoted his plan tirelessly, as U.S. troops contributed to an earlier than expected cease-fire in 1918.
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