Wilson's Progressive Foreign Policy Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the progressive era in the United States and President Woodrow Wilson's progressive ideals.
# 148872 | 1,065 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States.  But, before he became President, he was first a college professor, a historian, and a state governor. Under Wilson’s term as President, the US passed the Federal Reserve Act, introduced anti-trust legislation, achieved victory in WW1, and proposed the League of Nations.  Wilson retired in 1921 and died three years later on February 3, 1924.  In tribute to President Wilson, this week’s Paper of the Week is paper #148872, entitled “Wilson’s Progressive Foreign Policy”.  The paper both describes world affairs during Wilson’s presidency as well as the political philosophy that guided Wilson’s response to those world affairs.  In particular, this paper details Wilson’s progressive approach to foreign policy, examines the objectives and intentions of this foreign policy, discusses its flaws, and describes its impact on US future foreign policy.  Paper #148872 is a well-written, intriguing document about the 28th President of the US, President Woodrow Wilson. 


The paper discusses Woodrow Wilson's perspective of entitlement in the procession of world affairs and how this notion of progressivism would have a formative impact on the development of the United States and its related geopolitical identity. The paper looks at how Wilson's approach to progressive ideals initially differed considerably from the approach taken by former President Theodore Roosevelt. The paper then asserts that the progressive democratic interests of Wilsonian politics would ultimately serve in many historical contexts as the exploitable impetus by which American presidents have pursued imperial ends. The paper also points out that there is a fundamental flaw in the progressive nature of Wilsonian logic in that it included assumptions of Caucasian racial superiority and Christian moral denomination.

From the Paper:

"The progressive era in the United States was a period of reform which lasted from the 1890s to the 1920s. The movement was one in which the various industrial, commercial and technological advances of the age had given way to evolving political ideologies centered on governmental and social gains. This was a movement and philosophical orientation that, at least from within the United States, evolved from Theodore Roosevelt's belief in benevolent supervision in order to keep peace to Woodrow Wilsons' perspective of entitlement in the procession of world affairs.
"We get the general impression in the consideration of our research from historians such as Arnold Offner. Here, the source is directly critical of the failure in ideological policy which demanded the American occupation of the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico, identifying this as comprising a fundamental disregard for American constitutional ideology even as it produced the type of progressivism that would soon become affiliated with the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. (Offner, 7)
"Progressive Foreign Policy would initially be a force of novel instruction to the world community. The Wilsonian perspective which held that the United States was unparalleled in the philosophical rightness of its political and social orientation toward democracy and free market capitalism would therefore dispense the right of the United States to pursue the support of independence and democracy, and to oppose those forces denying such rights, wherever possible. This notion of progressivism would have a tangible and formative impact on the development of the United States and its related geopolitical identity."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Teddy Roosevelt and the Progressive era, 1901-1908. http://historicaltextarchive.com/sections.php?op=viewarticle&artid=598
  • Theodore Roosevelt. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/509347/Theodore-Roosevelt/8430/Foreign-policy
  • The Progressive movement and U.S. foreign policy, 1890-1920s. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/ip/108646.htm
  • U.S. history: 1885 through the 20th century. http://www.sparknotes.com/101/us_history_two/the_progressive_era_and_world_war_i/wilsons_first_term.html
  • Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924). http://millercenter.org/academic/americanpresident/wilson/essays/biography/5

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