2USE American Spirit Readings: It was the strength of the opposition forces , both liberal and conservative , rather than the ineptitude and stubbornness of President Wilson that led to the Senate defeat of the Treaty of Versailles.Using the documents and your knowledge of the period , assess the validity of this statement.USE American Spirit Readings:PagesPages
3TO DO : Define the terms in the question Determine the “essence” of the questionBrainstorm relevant outside information
4To Do :Read each document – try to write a quick one sentence summary of each documentCategorize documents into three groupsWilson supporters and liberal internationalistsReservationists – conservative internationalistsIrreconcilables – isolationists
5Who in your opinion was MOST responsible for the demise of the Treaty of Versailles? You must be able to categorize evidence.What evidence supports placing the responsibility for the demise of the Treaty ratification on each potentially responsible group?
6Liberal v. Conservative Liberal – Interventionists /InternationalistsConservative – IsolationistTerms: Liberal and Conservative meanings differ when applied to foreign vs. domestic affairs. Progressives were liberal on domestic issues but many of the “irreconcilables” were progressive although they were “isolationist” (conservative) when it came to the Treaty of Versailles.)Reservationists - Internationalists
7It was the strength of the opposition forces , both liberal and conservative , rather than the ineptitude and stubbornness of President Wilson that led to the Senate defeat of the Treaty of Versailles.Using the documents and your knowledge of the period , assess the validity of this statement.
8Recognize the complexity of the question The tension between:Wilson’s “ineptitude and stubbornness”vs.The strength of the opposition forces, both liberal and conservativeThe thesis may argue for one of these contributing factors over the other but the best answers recognize the “other sides” role in the defeat , if only in a few references or sentencesDO the DBQ Thesis Worksheet on this question
9The 96 senators who were eligible to vote on the treaty belonged to one of three groups: Wilson Supporters and liberal InternationalistsReservationists led by Henry Cabot LodgeIrreconcilables who were mostly isolationists
10I. WILSON'S FOURTEEN POINTS JANUARY 8, 1918a speech to Congress which was his proposal for peace after World War I
11Fourteen Points a mixture of : Human rights principlesPreventive medicine in dealing with the causes of warfareEuropean territorial division of spoilsWilsonian idealism with the proposed League of Nations
121. No secret treaties (A) Secret diplomacy abolished Nations would practice diplomacy openly and make no secret treatiesAll treaties open covenants arrived at openly
132. Freedom of the seas (M)(I) Ships allowed to move freely during peace and war
143. No economic barriers between nations (I) Removal of tariff (taxes on imports) barriers to allow free trade
154. Arms cuts (M)Nations would reduce their armaments
165. A voice for colonized peoples (N) Self determination for former coloniesCompeting claims over colonies settled impartially in the best interests of the colonial peoplesNational borders adjusted to allow for self ruleProtection of ethnic and national groups under foreign ruleprevent genocideattempted by Ottoman Turks against Armenians
176. Germany out of Russian (I) 7. Germany out of France and Belgium (I)8. Alsace - Lorraine to France (I)9. Expansion of Italy (I)
1810. Autonomy for Czechs, Magyars, Bulgars (N) 11. Poland's independence (N)12. Autonomy for Greeks, Armenians, etc (N)13. Free passage thru the Dardanelles (I)
1914. A league of nations"A general association of nations should be formed on the basis of covenants designed to create mutual guarantees of the political independence and territorial integrity of States, large and small equally."
23A. The four leaders who dominated the conference: President Wilson (US)Prime Minister David Lloyd George (Britain)Premier Georges Clemencaeau (France)Prime Minister Vittorio Orlando (Italy)
24B. Germany is required to: 1. Admit guilt2. Pay war reparationsAllies take temporary control of the German economy3.Return the rich Alsace - Lorraine region to France4. Surrender her overseas colonies5. DisarmGerman rearmament is strictly limited
25C. Redrew Map of EuropeDivided the Austria-Hungary empire into four nationsSudetenlandCreated mandates in the former Ottoman Empire and Germany’s former colonies
26D. Established the League of Nations Executive Council (like the Security Council)Decisions would require unanimous approval for actionAgreed to not make war without arbitrationUnilateral action amounted to war against the entire leagueArticle XExecutive Council could “advise upon measures necessary to maintain order and keep peace in the world.”
27Woodrow Wilson on the League of Nations “I think I can say of this document that it is at one and the same time a practical and humane document. There is a pulse of sympathy in it. It is practical, ad yet it is intended to purify to rectify to elevate…”
28Wilson’s Reasons for Ratification “Collective Security”League of Nations would simply make the world a safer place byreducing the chances for warstopping needless arms buildingEnable US to assume its rightful role inthe forefront of world affairswhere we could use our best intentions and leadership to promote world peace“We are participants in the world, whether we wish to be or not… What affects mankind is inevitably our affair as well…”
30TIMELINEFebruary ,1919 – trip to Washington listened to harsh criticismMarch, Wilson allows 4 changesJuly , 1919 – presented the Treaty to CongressAugust , 1919 – Wilson met with entire Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeDOCUMENTS - Read: 1,2,3,4 – The Text of Article X; Wilson testifies for Article X (1919) ; The Lodge-Hitchcock Reservations(1919) ; The Aborted Lodge Compromise (1919)late in the summer of Wilson took his case to the people
31Speech Wilson 1919When you read Article X, therefore you will see that it is nothing but the inevitable , logical center of the whole system of the Covenant of the League of nations, and I stand for it absolutely. If it should ever in any important respect be impaired, I would feel like asking the Secretary of War to get the boys who went across the water to fight… and I would stand up before them and say, Boys I told you before you went across the seas that this war was a war against wars, and I did my best to fulfill the promise, but I am obliged to come to you in mortification and shame and say I have not been able to fulfill the promise. You are betrayed. You have fought for something that you did not get.”
32Wilson’s speech defends Article X of Treaty as essential to achieve goals for which the war was fought.
33TIMELINE November , 1919 Senate voted with reservations defeatedDOCUMENTS - Read: 5. Wilson Defeats Henry Cabot Lodge’s Reservations (1919)without reservations 38 – 53 defeatedDOCUMENTS - READ : 6. Lodge Blames Wilson (1919)March 19, with reservations 49 for 35 against (7 short of 2/3 needed for approval)November Presidential Election - Wilson believed it would be “solemn referendum” on the League
34Woodrow Wilson “Appeal” to the Country October 3, 1920 “This election is to be a genuine national referendum… The chief question that is put to you is, of course: Do you want your country’s honor vindicated and the Treaty of Versailles ratified? Do you in particular approve of the League of Nations as organized and empowered in that treaty? And do you wish to see the United States play its responsible part in it?... [The founders of the Government] thought of America as the light of the world as created to lead the world in the assertion of the rights of peoples and the rights of free nations … this light the opponents of the League would quench.
35Wilson’s appeal to the country views election of 1920 as a referendum on the Treaty.
36Factors that Defeated the Treaty Ratification: 1. Climate of post war U.S.Rising intolerance towards things “un-American”Ku Klux Klan rebornRed ScareThe Great Migration
37B. Backlash against the Great War 1. Climate of post war U.S.B. Backlash against the Great WarQuestioning the wisdom of having participated in a war that had caused many American deaths and woundedStories of Allied greed and desire for revenge disillusioned many who thought that the war had been fought to “make the world safe for democracy”revulsion of the treaty led to desire to return to isolationism
382. Political Opposition Irish Americans German Americans Italian AmericansConservativesLiberalsIsolationistsSenate RepublicansAnti-Wilsonites
391a. Wilson supported ratification un- amended Democrat InternationalistLiberal –foreign policy because he was an internationalist
401b.Other Internationalists Liberals who believe the treaty does not do enough to change the old world order or enough to put in place the protections against future war; against the treaty with any restrictions on the power of the League of Nations
41The New Republic May 24,1919 an editorial from the new liberal periodical Liberals all over the world have hoped that a war ,which was so clearly the fruit of competition and imperialist and class-bound nationalism , would end in a peace which would moralize nationalism by releasing it from class bondage and exclusive ambitions. The Treaty of Versailles does not even try to satisfy these aspirations. Instead of expressing a great recuperative effort of the conscience of civilization which for its own sins has sweated so much blood, it does much to intensify and nothing to heal the old and ugly dissensions.
42refers obliquely to issues (war guilt and reparations) that sully the treaty from the editor’s viewpoint; students should make those issues explicitBased on the excerpt / document do you think The New Republic editorial is for or against the Treaty ratificationLIBERALFor or Against ???Probably Against – liberal internationalist against
43The New Republic’s liberal position that war was caused by imperialism and nationalism and that Treaty intensifies dissension and will not heal wounds.
441b.John Maynard KeynesEconomic Consequences of the Peace,1920 “According to [the French] vision of the future, European history is to be a perpetual prize-fight , of which France has won this round, but of which this round is certainly not the last…. For Clemenceau made no pretense of considering himself bound by the Fourteen Points and left chiefly to others such concoctions as were necessary from time to time to save the scruples or the face of the President [Wilson].… The policy of reducing Germany to servitude for a generation of degrading the lives of millions of human beings and of depriving a whole nation of happiness should be abhorrent and detestable – abhorrent and detestable , even if it were possible even if it enriched ourselves, even if did not sow the decay of the whole civilized life of Europe.
45Based on the excerpt / document do you thin John Maynard Keynes is for or against the Treaty ratificationFor or Against ???Seeds for future war sewn in the treaty
46J.M. Keynes foresees that the Treaty’s destruction of Germany will lead to the decay of European civilization.
471b.WEB Du Bois “The League of Nations”, Crisis, 1921 Forty-one nations , including nearly every Negro and mulatto and colored government of the world , have met in Geneva and formed the assembly of the League of Nations. This is the most forward –looking event of the century. Because of the idiotic way in which the stubbornness of Woodrow Wilson and the political fortunes of the Republicans become involved, the United States was not represented , but despite its tumult and shouting this nation must join and join on the terms which the World lays down. The idea that we single-handed can dictate terms to the World or stay out of the World , is an idea born of the folly of fools.
48WEB Du Bois “The League of Nations”, Crisis, 1921 Liberal- represent the disappointment and dismay that lingered in the years after the treaty fight.Editorial in the NAACP periodical Crisisone can still hear echoes of the hopes that Wilson had raise when he spoke of anti colonialism and self determination of his 14 points.Du Bois still on the road to being radicalized wishes a plague on both the Internationalist and Reservationists houses but his sympathies still rest with the League
49W. E. B. Du Bois editorial in Crisis argues that U. S W.E.B. Du Bois editorial in Crisis argues that U.S. must join League and that both Wilson and Republicans are responsible for the defeat of the Treaty.
501b.Jane Addams Peace and Bread in time of War, 1922 The League of nations afforded a wide difference of opinion in every group. The Woman’s Peace Party held its annual meeting in Chicago in the spring of 1920 and found our branches fairly divided upon the subject…. The difference of opinion was limited always as to the existing League and never for a moment did anyone doubt the need for continued effort to bring about an adequate international organization.
51Jane Addamsafter noting the sharp division of opinion among members of the Women’s Peace Party regarding the treaty itselfnotes that her (liberal) group is still virtually unanimous on the need for an “adequate international organization.”
52Jane Addams admits that women are divided on the League of Nations, but some international organization is needed.
532. Lodge supported ratification amended Republican Internationalist Reservationists? – supported ratification with amendments (mostly Republicans led by Lodge)RepublicanInternationalistLiberal – foreign policy
542. Herbert Hoover (R) to Wilson, November 19, 1919 “I take the liberty of urging upon you the desirability of accepting the reservations now passed …. I have the belief that with the League once in motion it can within itself and from experience and public education develop such measures as will make it effective. I am impressed with the desperate necessity of early ratification. The delays have already seriously imperiled the economic recuperation of Europe. In this we are vitally interested from every point of view. I believe that the Covenant will steadily lose ground in popular support if it is not put into constructive operation at once because the American public will not appreciate the saving values of the Covenant as distinguished from the wrongs imposed in the Treaty….”
55Herbert Hoover’s letter asks President Wilson to accept reservations ; peace can be developed with reservations and public support may decline over time.
56based on the bride’s homeliness (undesirable “Foreign Entanglements”) and the groom’s (Uncle Sam) nervous lookPolitical Cartoon can be interpreted as pro-Reservationistsgrasp the cartoon’s viewpoint, not merely as descriptive
57Cartoon shows U.S. Senate opposing foreign entanglements and infringement of its Constitutional rights.Show you understand this issue – remember Lodge – Hitchcock reservations re: Article X
583. Irreconcilables opposed ratification Conservative - Isolationist many of the “irreconcilables” were progressive although they were “isolationist” (conservative) when it came to the Treaty of Versailles
593. William Borah Idaho Senator (Irreconcilable) speech in US Senate , December 6, 1918 The first proposition connected with the proposed league is that of a tribunal to settle the matters of controversy which may arise between the different nations.Will anyone advocate that those matters which are of vital importance to our people shall be submitted to a tribunal created other than by our own people and give it an international army subject to its direction and control to enforce its decrees? I doubt if anyone will advocate that … If you do not do so, Mr. President, what will your league amount to? …In its last analysis the proposition is force to destroy force, conflict to prevent conflict, militarism to destroy militarism, war to prevent war. In its last analysis it must be that -- if it has any sanction behind its judgment at all. There is where the difficulty lies…
60Senator Borah’s isolationist position that fears loss of U. S Senator Borah’s isolationist position that fears loss of U.S. sovereignty and contends that Treaty encourages the use of force, conflict , militarism, and war.
62I. Attempts to mediate a peace in Europe, 1916-17
631916- Wilson offered to mediate a peace Britain rejected the proposalTherefore never extended to the Central Powers
64B. The Development of Wilson’s Ideas on a peace settlement Formation of a world federation (an association of nations ) to end future wars1917 – Peace without Victory speech to Congressa. US had a right to a voice in the peace talks at the end of the war as a neutral whose rights had been violatedb. US would insist upon a just and lasting peacei. No victor’s peaceii. Peace without victory
653. Difficulties in Wilson’s position A. “impartial mediator” inconsistent with US policies toward BritainB. the US as a powerful neutral1. by March 1917 Wilson had concluded that the US could play an important role in the peace negotiations only by becoming a belligerent
67Declaration of the Fourteen Points (basis for a just peace) 1. First five points aimed at elimination of the fundamental causes of wara. abandonment of secret diplomacyb. freedom of the seasc. elimination of economic barriersd. reduction of armamentse. recognition of subject colonial peoples rights
682. Next 8 points dealt with various territorial restitution and adjustments, and with the political self determination of peoples3. Last point , Wilson felt most important, creation of “ a general association of nations…under specific covenants for the purpose of affording mutual guarantees of political independence and territorial integrity to great and small states alike.”4. Wilson closed by stating that the Allies would never make peace with a German Government controlled by the military ; invitation to the German people to revolt
69B. The Fourteen Points and the Armistice 1. October 4, 1918 – Germany asked Wilson to arrange for the negotiation of an armistice and a treaty based on the Fourteen Points2. November 11, 1918 Armistice signedGermany forced to agree toProvisions designed to ensure that she would not start war again in the near futureSurrender her navy and heavy armaments of all typesAllied forces occupied portions of German territoryBritish blockade was continued until June 1919
71Republican Victory in the Election of 1918 1. Republicans won control of both houses of Congressa. Negated his claim to speaking for the whole American peopleb. Although continued to be the spokesman for the Allies
72B. Costly Mistakes Before the Peace Conference December 1918 : WilsonDecided he would attend the peace conference in person Hoped to be the presiding officer at the conference
73Costly mistakes…. Selection of a Democratic Delegation Treaty would have to be ratified by a Republican-controlled SenateFailure to Consult SenatorsAttitude toward the senate extremely arrogant cost him support of Democrats as well as Republican SenatorsFailure to Understand European Economic ProblemsPrimarily concerned with political aspects of the formation of a league of nations
75Accepted as a great democratic champion by the people of Europe B. Example of misunderstandings:1.French people supported Wilson’s idea of a just peace but…a. A just and lasting peace for France would strip and dismember Germanyb. Not what Wilson had in mind
77Character of the Conference itself 1. Not actually a “peace” conferenceThe defeated powers were not allowed to send delegatesDecisions made by a small minority of delegates1. A committee of 10 out of the 32 victor nations set up2. The committee of 10 turned into the “Big Four” who met in secret violation of one of the 14 Points that called for “open covenants, openly arrived at”a. France – Clemenceaub. Britain – Lloyd Georgec. Italy – Orlandod. US – WilsonPassions and hatreds of war would dominate the conference
78B. French and British demands for revenge Georges Clemenceaua. Alsace-Lorraineb. “Mr. Wilson bores me with his Fourteen Points; why , God Almighty has only ten !”David Lloyd Georgea. German Reparationsb. “When I talk to Woodrow Wilson, I always feel that I am addressing Jesus Christ !”
79C. Secret Agreements Among the Allies Dating back to 1915 ,a. provided for dismemberment of German and Austrian empiresb. Distribution of the spoils among the victorsCritics claimed that Wilson should have insisted that the Allies give up these treaties as a condition of US participation and aida. Wilson claimed he had no knowledge of these secret agreements
80D. Difficulties with the Fourteen Points Principle of Self Determinationa. Polish Corridorb. Ethnic groups in Central Europe & the BalkansWilson’s faith in the League of Nations to establish security and prevent war not shared by European governmentsa. Member nations:i. not required to give up any of their sovereigntyii. Would retain the right to maintain their own armed forces
81E. The Treaty of Versailles 1. June, 1919a. Presented to Germansb. Signed by Germanyafter protest of harsh conditionsandultimatum : sign or Allies would resume war againstGermany
82Robert Lansing US Secretary of State Memorandum not made public until 1945Regarded the treaty as too harsh , the League used to enforce the harsh conditions , and the arbitrary placing of peoples under government not of their choosing would lead to future war
83VI. Analysis of Alternative Solutions Would the treaty have ensured peace if it had been based entirely on Wilson’s plan?
84Wilson’s Peace Program Germany retain coloniesFew boundaries in Europe would have been drawn differentlyJapan would not have been awarded the Shantung PeninsulaNo reparations would have been imposed on defeated German nations
85B. These differences would probably not have prevented the outbreak of future wars because… The League of Nations was inadequate as a guarantor of peace.No provision designed to deal with the basic problems of imperialismWilson’s program would not have achieved correction or removal of the fundamental economic causes of the war
86VII. The Fight for Ratification in the U.S. July 1919 submitted to the Senate
87Reasons for Hostility to the treaty 1. Small group , led by Senator Robert M. La Follette , opposed ratification on idealistic grounds , seeing in the treaty a betrayal of Wilsonian idealism2. Personal feelings of Wilson’s enemies in both parties ; his aloofness
883.Opposition by certain national groups Irish Americans opposed as Ireland remained under British RuleGerman Americans opposed because of harsh conditions on Germany4.Traditional American attitude of avoiding involvement in the affairs of Europe1. Now that Germany defeated, semblance of balance of power restored, feeling of security ; desire for isolationism5. Partisan politics1. Republican leaders opposed in part due to Wilson’s actions towards Republicans in Congress
89B. Four Groups of Opinion in the Senate 23 Senatorsa. Supported Wilson and wanted the treaty ratified without changes or reservationsApproved of the treaty but would accept moderate changesa. Mostly DemocratsGroup led by Henry Cabot Lodgea. Insisted on drastic changes and reservationsb. Mostly RepublicansIrreconcilably opposed smallest groupa. La Follette, Hiram Johnson and William Borah
90C. Defeat of the TreatyThe Senate Foreign Affairs Committee recommended ratifications with 42 amendmentsWilson went on tour for public support of the un-amended treatSuffered a physical collapse (stroke)Mrs. Wilson served as his unofficial secretaryCompromise might have secured passageVote : 49 for / 35 against (less that 2/3 needed)i. 12 of 35 against were the “irreconcilables”ii. 23 of the 35 against were Wilson’s friends who he told not to vote for a compromiseWilson partly responsible for defeatIf Wilson not so stubborn about compromise the treaty would have been accepted without basic alterations