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Barring His Way

Barring His Way

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Rollin Kirby


New York World, reprinted in Political Cartoonist as Historian

Publication Date:

April 1919


President Woodrow Wilson announced his fourteen point plan for European peace in January 1918. The Fourteen Points included free trade, open diplomacy, arms reductions, and an international organization, the League of Nations, to settle disputes without war. Over half of the points dealt issues of national borders and national sovereignty, especially for peoples in eastern Europe. Wilson’s plans were to eliminate many of the territorial concessions to the victors that were typical of peace treaties, and allow independence for many of the areas under imperial control. Wilson intended to solve the problems that led to World War I and thus prevent another European war.


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