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Western Newspaper Association, reprinted in Cartoons Vol. 19, No. 6
The negotiations to create a peace treaty to end World War I were contentious. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson advocated an idealistic plan to both settle the war and prevent future wars. The European powers wanted to punish Germany and the Central powers. The resulting Treaty of Versailles was a compromise. One key provision required Germany to make payments called “reparations” to her allied opponents for the cost of the war. The amount of money involved was huge and would take decades to pay off. Some feared that the harsh victory imposed on Germany would foster the growth of anti-capitalist, communist political movements in Germany.