President Woodrow Wilson's Moral Diplomacy was a diplomatic approach in which support was given to countries whose moral beliefs aligned with that of the United States. Wilson's theory was that by only supporting those countries, U.S. ideals would spread to other countries that held different ideologies.Know More
Wilson first proposed his policy during the 1912 election. He firmly believed in the idea of a democratic government, and hoped that his policy would help encourage the spread of democracy. Although he wanted to encourage growth around the world, his primary focus was on Latin America. His diplomatic approach differed from his predecessor, President William Howard Taft. Taft's focus was on building economic ties with other countries.
As a result of his policy, Wilson's government often intervened in other countries' affairs. Notably, he intervened in Haiti, Nicaragua and Mexico. Wilson even kept troops stationed in Nicaragua, and used those troops to choose the president of the country. In Haiti, Wilson used military force to choose the president. In Mexico, Wilson played a major role in the Mexican Revolution. Wilson occupied a major port in Mexico and effectively weakened the Mexican leader, Victoriano Huerta. Huerta was forced to give up power in favor of Venustiano Carranza.Learn more about US History
Woodrow Wilson saw three industrial obstacles to his 1912 New Freedom plan: tariffs that harmed small farmers; the gold standard, which made it difficult for small business owners to get bank loans; and trusts. Wilson called these obstacles the Triple Wall of Privilege.Full Answer >
The Fourteen Points stated by Woodrow Wilson were important for peace and ethics, and used mainly to motivate the Allied forces. The points were highlighted in a speech Woodrow gave to the United States Congress in 1918.Full Answer >
Woodrow Wilson's 14 points failed as France was seeking harsher punishments for Germany following WWI, the countries of Europe were interested in maintaining their imperial assets and he faced political opposition in the U.S. While not all of Wilson's points were implemented, they did result in the Treaty of Versailles being less harsh than it would have been without his input.Full Answer >
Woodrow Wilson's "New Freedom" platform for the 1912 presidential election focused on providing support for small businessmen and small farmers while attacking the trusts, banks and tariffs. "New Freedom" subsequently became what his entire 1912-1916 presidential term was referred to after he won the election.Full Answer >