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Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson, 1912. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (neg. no. LC-USZ62-13028)

Woodrow Wilson with the first lady after his stroke, Washington,D.C.Library ofCongress

Button from Woodrow Wilson’s 1916 presidential campaign.Americana/Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

While on the campaign trail Woodrow Wilson promised a “New Freedom”. This simply meant less government, also known as just a little more freedom. He wanted to give some freedom back to the people of the United States. He said “If America is not to have free enterprise, he can have freedom of no sort whatever." This really meant that if the government wasn't going to loosen the reigns on americans you might as well just take all their freedoms away as a whole and this was one of President Wilson’s strong beliefs while in office. While in office President Wilson worked hard to be able give a little power back to the people of the nation he was running by doing things like starting Federal Workers Compensation, the Keating-Owen act, and the Adamson act. With the Keating-Owen act it simply made child labor illegal, and the Adamson act made it illegal to be forced to work more than 8 hours a week. But the big push for a “New Freedom” came with Tariff reform, Business reform, and Banking reform. Tariff reform happened in 1913, and this really brought the prices on tariff down all around the country. Which was really great for americans because, many people were paying a big amount on tariff and it was making many Americans lives harder so this really helped a lot of Americans. Business reform happened in 1914, and this created the Federal Trade Commission which just made it a lot more difficult for americans to do illegal business and this was great because it really stopped people from doing things like fraud. Banking reform happened in 1913 and this made it possible for farmers to get loans. This was monumental because it showed that loans aren't just for businessmen and families but that farmers can get it too. It was great for the local Farmers in small towns. This reform also helped Wilson because it really made him look like a people person. Woodrow Wilson was an exceptional president, He molded the country into what is has come to today. He moved mountains in the small amount of time he had in office and this was only on his “New Freedom” policies. Woodrow Wilson put his mark on history in a big way with the freedoms he gave back to Americans.

Pres. Woodrow Wilson’s second inauguration, March 5, 1917. National Photo Company Collection/Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (digital. id. cph.3a19345)

Italian Prime Minister Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, French Premier Georges Clemenceau, and U.S. Pres. Woodrow Wilson, Paris, 1919.

Woodrow Wilson with Princeton University students, 1913. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


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