The most controversial element of President Wilson's Fourteen Points was the idea of national self-determination. True or False.

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Within the United States, the most controversial item regarding President Wilson’s Fourteen Points was the creation of the League of Nations. The goal of the League of Nations was to keep peace around the world. The hope was that countries would take their issues to the League of Nations so they could peacefully resolve them.

The controversy in the United States was the portion of the charter of the League of Nations that required member nations to commit troops to enforce a resolution of the League of Nations if needed. There were several United States Senators that opposed this requirement. They believed it would restrict our foreign policy and possibly force us to become involved in a conflict that had little or no effect on us. They asked President Wilson to make these changes in the charter of the League of Nations. When he refused, the United States Senate didn’t ratify the Versailles Treaty. The United States never joined the League of Nations.

Thus, from the point of view of the United States, the most controversial aspect of the Fourteen Points was the creation of the League of Nations and everything that this would involve for us.

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