World War I
Wilson stood out as one of the greatest supporters of democracy, perceiving the First World War
as a result of power-starved individuals. The United States' involvement in the war, according to
Wilson, was particularly in efforts to usher a new world order, an opportunity to bring the world
into a safe haven (Wilson 50). In particular, Wilson wanted to make the world a safe place,
where democracy could thrive. His efforts were also directed towards liberating people,
especially many of those that were already colonized. Furthermore, he equally pushed for the
rights of nations, great or small, and for the freedoms of men across the world, calling people
everywhere to rise up and decide on their way of life. On his fourteen-point speech, Wilson
outlined a framework, upon which the world peace and success could be developed, along with
his wish to propagate the standards of democracy (Wilson 54-55). In light of his contributions, it
is important to understand if his arguments regarding democracy and self-determination were put
into practice inside and outside of the United States during/after the First World War.
Back in America, Wilson's ideas on democracy and self-determination were never put into
practice. Wilson faced constant resistance, especially from Black Americans, as racial violence
in the United States did not cease after the war. Just like other American leaders, Du Bois in his
famous debut ‘‘The Crisis,’’ was in support of America's participation in the war. Even though
he held strong hopes that America's collective experiences, sacrifices, and military services in the
fight to bring world peace and democracy could produce greater esteem, especially for many of
the country’s African American citizens, it was never the case. In his well-documented rel...
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