Wilson and Roosevelt's Approaches to Foreign Wars
This paper explores the various similarities regarding the manner in which presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt approached the wars that were taking place during their respective terms in office.
# 67714 | 1,563 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Jul 16, 2006 in History (European) , History (U.S. Presidency) , History (U.S. World Wars)
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This paper analyzes the comparable approaches in which Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson involved America in the foreign wars that were raging during their terms in office. Outwardly, both presidents spoke out against involvement in the wars and delayed declaring war on Germany until attacks had been made directly against the U.S., either on noncombatants, as in the German attack on the Lusitania, or on U.S. soil, as in the attack on Pearl Harbor. This well-researched paper details the evidence that proves that both leaders were supplying their future allies with munitions and supplies prior to declaring war. Another similarity cited in this paper includes the fact that both Roosevelt and Wilson had a strong belief that diplomacy and a group of nations, whether the League of Nations or the United Nations, were necessary to avoid future world conflicts. The writer of this paper also touches on the differences in the leadership styles of both presidents, for example: Unlike Wilson, Roosevelt displayed little outward patience in avoiding America's involvement in the war.
From the Paper:"While Wilson's public position is that he was doing everything in his power to avoid war, there is evidence supporting the speculation that Wilson was not actively trying to keep America out of the war. There is speculation that the Lusitania did not signal the beginning of American involvement in the war, but Germany's knowledge that the Lusitania was already involved in the war. There is some evidence that the Lusitania was destroyed by an internal explosion after being hit by an initial torpedo. Such an explosion could have occurred if the Lusitania was carrying munitions. If that was the case, it indicates that Wilson's public face about entering World War I differed from what was actually occurring. Even if Wilson was not arranging for passenger ships like the Lusitania to take arms to Britain, he was allowing passenger ships to continue to take both people and supplies to Britain, despite German threats that such ships would be subject to attack."
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