At the beginning of the Great War the United States remained neutral in the conflict. President Woodrow Wilson took pride in American neutrality. While running for his second term in office, President Wilson made it clear that he wanted to remain neutral by framing his slogan off of keeping the United States out of the war. Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt traded letters throughout the duration of the war. Roosevelt wanted to raise a group of volunteers to go fight on the front but President Wilson did not allow it.
After the Zimmerman Telegram and continued unrestricted submarine warfare, in which American merchant ships were being sunk, Wilson went to congress for a declaration of war. On April 4, 1919, the United States had diplomatically entered the war. Theodore Roosevelt wanted to raise a volunteer army to enter the war but President Wilson denied him.
As the end of the war drew closer, President Wilson began to draw up his visions for peace. His vision for peace was based off of his famous fourteen points. At the Versailles meetings, Wilson became part of the Big Four with Great Britain’s Lloyd George, France’s Georges Clemenceau, and Vittorio Orlando of Italy. The four, mainly Wilson, George, and Clemenceau, came up with most of the solutions for the end of the war.