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Woodrow Wilson

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Transcript of Woodrow Wilson

Work Experience
Status Update on Review Questions
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What was Woodrow Wilson's main goal under his presidency?
What amendment granted women's suffrage?
What peace organization did Wilson conceive the idea for?
What did Wilson use to better the lives of the American people?
The creation of what made loans more easily accessible to Americans?
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World Peace

Progressive Reform

Women's Suffrage

Labor Unions

Democratic Party
A collection of all the sources accessed for research.
Born — Died

December 28th, 1856

Staunton, VA
Date of Death:
February 3rd, 1924
Place of Death:
Washington, D.C.
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28th U.S. President
Woodrow Wilson
An American flag with a message directed at President Woodrow Wilson.


Jessie Woo... (Mother)
Joseph Wilson (Father)
Ellen Wil... (Ex-Spouse)
Edith Wilson (Spouse)
Margaret... (Daughter)
Jessie Say... (Daughter)
Professor, College Administration, Public Official, U.S. President
Earned doctorate in political science and history, then became a professor and taught at various colleges
College Administration:
Received the title of president of Princeton University in 1902
Public Official:
Elected governor of New Jersey in 1910, governed for two years
U.S. President:
Served a two term presidency (1913–1921) as the 28th President of the United States
Received schooling at Wesleyan University, Bryn Mawr Colleg
e, Johns Hopkins University, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), Davidson College, and the Law School of the University of Virginia.
Had poor eyesight and showed signs of dyslexia


Joseph Ruggles Wilson (Pastor)

Jessie Janet Woodrow (Civil War Nurse)
Ellen Louise Axson; had three children with Wilson, died of a kidney disease (1914) within a year of Woodrow Wilson's first term as President
Edith Bolling Galt; married Wilson in December of 1915, helped make presidential decisions after Wilson's first stroke
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Things to Remember:
Woodrow Wilson was the 28th president of the United States. He helped women's suffrage become a reality. He used progressive reforms to help the working class fight back against big business. Wilson gave labor unions the backing they needed and rightfully deserved. Lastly, he advocated for world peace and helped negotiate peace after WWI.
Status Update on How Wilson is Remembered
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Woodrow Wilson is remembered as an advocate for both world peace and equal rights between men and women. With his progressive reform agenda, Wilson was able to achieve so much during his presidency (women's suffrage, labor unions, the federal reserve and FTC). He was even awarded the Nobel peace Prize in December of 1920 for his conceptualization of the League of Nations peace organization.
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President Wilson shows his support for democracy in the following quote.
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Number of Accomplishments:
Its no wonder Woodrow Wilson is often ranked as one of the greatest U.S. presidents. Through his system of reform Woodrow Wilson was able to pursue big business, legalize women's suffrage, back labor unions, form the FTC and Federal Reserve, and introduce federal income tax while simultaneously lowering tariff prices. If that's not enough, President Woodrow Wilson also advocated/negotiated for peace and won a Nobel Peace Prize.
Status Update on Wilson's Impact on the Prog. Era
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State of American Life:
President Woodrow Wilson greatly improved the lives of average Americans with his agenda of Progressive Reform. Labor unions were legalized and given protesting rights. With the establishment of the Federal Reserve, loans were more accessible to everyday Americans. Women all over the country gained the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th amendment. High tariffs that hurt small businesses were lowered and replaced by an income tax.
Status Update on Wilson's Purpose
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Progressive Reforms:
Wilson had one major goal during his presidency, which was to make the United States a better place to live for the so-called "Average-Joe" American. Sure there were other goals such as world peace, but improving the state of life for all U.S. citizens was at the top of his agenda.
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Wilson at peace negotiations in Versailles.
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Women's Suffrage:
Wilson agreed with his daughter that women should have the right to vote. He wrote many appeals and finally on August 18, 1920: the 19th amendment was ratified by two-thirds majority of the states.
Reduction of High Tariffs:
He signed the Underwood-Simmons Act (1913), which lowered high taxes on imports that had previously favored industrialists over small business. This act also introduced a federal income tax for the first time.
Introduction of FTC & the Federal Reserve:
Wilson approved the Federal Reserve Act, providing a system for which the country's money supply can be regulated. This regulation also made getting loans much easier for the average American. Wilson founded the Federal Trade Commission, which stops unfair business practices.
Labor Union Support:
The Clayton Antitrust Act (1914) was approved by Wilson now allowing for strikes, boycotts and peaceful picketing.
Wilson made an attempt to keep the U.S. neutral throughout WWI, but eventually had to declare war on Germany in 1917. After the war, he helped in peace negotiations and conceived the idea of the League of Nations.
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