Woodrow Wilson's Presidency

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Briefly describe why Woodrow Wilson was so reluctant to enter World War I.

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With the outbreak of World War I in Europe, President Woodrow Wilson of the United States was hesitant to join the conflict. Wilson had a few reasons for attempting to keep the nation from joining the war.

Firstly, Wilson, and many other Americans, felt that the war was a European war and that it was not necessary for the United States to immediately join the conflict. The war was an ocean away, and many in the United States were supportive of neutrality during the war. The idea of political neutrality had held a place in the United States since the presidency of George Washington, so there was also a historical backing to this policy.

There were many other people in the United States, however, who had strong connections to European ancestry or had even been born in Europe. To complicate things further, there were many Americans of English ancestry, but there were also many of German, Russia, and Italian ancestry. Wilson believed that becoming involved in the conflict could cause strife...

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