The Big Picture | Fourteen Points

Woodrow Wilson in Paris
On January 8, 1918 Woodrow Wilson rose before Congress to outline his blueprint for a new world order. His Fourteen Points address was a bold statement of American idealism. It helped bring an end to World War I, but failed to secure the just and lasting peace that the president envisioned.

The Fourteen Points

Following America's entry into World War I, in 1917, President Wilson sought to define the country's war aims and develop a plan for peace that would prevent future conflicts. His ideaistic vision was outlined in a speech called the Fourteen Points, which he delivered before Congress in January 1918. It was a bold statement of American optimisim that reverberates to this day.

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