"The United States must be neutral in fact, as well as in name, during these days that are to try men's souls."
by Woodrow Wilson (02/10/1915)
"To exercise a right to attack and destroy any vessel...without first determining its nationality..."
The First Lusitania Note
by Woodrow Wilson (05/13/1915)
"It is not mistaken in expecting action...which will correct the unfortunate impressions which have been created..."
"That we shall make war together and together make peace."
Peace Without Victory
by Woodrow Wilson (01/22/1917)
"No covenant of cooperative peace that does not include the peoples of the New World can suffice to keep the future safe against war."
by Woodrow Wilson (04/02/1917)
"We are now about to accept gauge of battle with this natural foe to liberty..."
The Espionage Act of 1917
"...in time of war shall be punished by death or by imprisonment for not more than thirty years..."
The Archangel Invasion
"Military intervention would add to the sad confusion in Russia rather than cure it..."
"These are very serious and pregnant questions. Upon the answer to them depends the peace of the world."
Flu Epidemic of 1918
"It is horrible."
The Sedition Act of 1918
"...By word or act oppose the cause of the United States therein, shall be punished..."
U.S. Participation in the Archangel Expedition
"The execution of this plan will follow and will not be permitted to embarrass the military assistance..."
Schenck v. United States
"The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done."
Senate Debate on the League of Nations
“Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American . . . America is the only idealist nation in the world.”
—President Woodrow Wilson
League of Nations Treaty
"...to promote international co-operation and to achieve international peace..."
The Limits of Freedom of the Press: Abrams v. United States
by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1919)
The Versailles Treaty