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Wilson's First Inaugural Address
After a divisive four-party national election, Wilson seeks to unite the country. Delivered March 4, 1913.

Declaration of Neutrality
While Europe plunged into war, Wilson steers America clear of hostilities. Delivered August 19, 1914.

Peace Without Victory
Two and a half years into the war, Wilson attempts to negotiate a peaceful end to the fighting. Delivered January 22, 1917.

Wilson's Second Inaugural Address
Wilson won as the candidate who "Kept Us Out of the War," but as he begins his second term, events continue to draw the U. S. closer to war. Delivered March 5, 1917.
Declaration of War
Germany's policy of unrestricted submarine warfare forces Wilson to ask Congress to enter the war. Delivered April 2, 1917.

Wilson's Fourteen Points
Wilson puts forth his vision for a new world order, including the establishment of an organization to settle future conflicts between nations. Delivered January 8, 1918.


Woodrow Wilson & Ellen Axson Wilson
Intimate correspondence between Wilson and his first wife.

Woodrow Wilson & Edith Bolling Galt Wilson
Wilson's passionate notes to his second wife during their courtship.

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1912 Democratic Party Platforms
Official party positions on campaign issues such as labor, tariffs, and anti-trust legisilation.

Seventeenth Amendment
Direct popular election of U.S. Senators. Ratified April 8, 1913.

Eighteenth Amendment
Alcohol prohibition. Ratified January 16, 1919. Repealed by the Twenty-First Amendment on December 5, 1933.

Nineteenth Amendment
Women's right to vote. Ratified August 18, 1920.

The Zimmermann Telegram
The secret message in which Germany proposed a military alliance with Mexico against the United States. Decoded by England on January 17, 1917.

The Sedition Act
Criminalized criticism of the government. Passed May 16, 1918.

The Covenant of the League of Nations
The 26 Articles of the Treaty of Versailles which outlined Wilson's peace-keeping institution. Signed June 28, 1919.

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