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At the end of WWI, President Wilson proposed the League of Nations as a way to facilitate international cooperation and avoid future wars.  Other allied nations embraced the idea. However, Congress rejected the League of Nations. In this lesson, students investigate why by comparing speeches delivered by Wilson and Henry Cabot Lodge. 










Image: League of Nations political cartoon by John T. McCutcheon, 1920. From the Library of Congress.

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This lesson supports the 1991 AP US History DBQ question, Was it the strength of the opposition forces, both liberal and conservative, that led to the defeat of the Treaty of Versailles or was it the stubbornness and ineptitude of President Wilson?
I did find the video on United Streaming, but that website generally needs a subscription. I didn't find it on youtube. It's a pretty short video and not necessary.
Couldn't get the video linked, but this might be the same video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGE53NnSwO8
What a great way to teach this section of World War I. It changes the lesson from boring to exciting. I love the Original Documents as well as the cartoon. I would highly recommend this activity for covering the League of Nations.
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