Woodrow Wilson as Commander in Chief

The Presidency and the Great War

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About the Book

This first study on Woodrow Wilson as the commander in chief during the Great War analyzes his management style before the war, his diplomacy and his battle with the Senate.
It considers the war as representing the collapse of Western traditional virtues and examines Wilson’s attempt to restore them. Emphasizing the American war effort on the domestic front, it also discusses Wilson’s rise to power, his education, career, and work as governor as necessary steps in his formation. The authors deal honestly and critically with the racism that characterized this brilliant but limited career.
Wilson provided many precedents for future war presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Donald Trump.

About the Author(s)

Michael P. Riccards has been the president of three colleges as well as the head of a public policy institute. He is the author of volumes on the American presidency and the papacy and lives in Clearwater, Florida.

Cheryl A. Flagg‘s career was in higher education, including several campuses as well as at a non-profit membership association. She has been an editor and collaborator on several publications and lives in Bunker Hill, West Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Michael P. Riccards and Cheryl A. Flagg
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 297
Bibliographic Info: 13 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7957-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3822-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Chronology of World War I 3
Introduction 8
One. The World Before Wilson 11
Two. The Progress of War 21
Three. Becoming Wilson 32
Four. The Master of Domestic Reform 41
Five. The Perils of Neutrality 53
Six. Wilson as a War Manager 65
Seven. Wilson’s New Diplomacy 78
Eight. The President and the War Congress, 1916–1918 90
Nine. The President and Mobilization 110
Ten. Selling the War 129
Eleven. On the Home Front 136
Twelve. America as an Associate in War 146
Thirteen. America at War 165
Fourteen. The Arrival of the Messiah 178
Fifteen. The Difficulties of the Treaty 197
Sixteen. The Trial of the Hero 221
Seventeen. Finale 239
Appendix I. The Nature of the League of Nations 245
Appendix II. Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points 250
Appendix III. Significant Legislation During the Wilson Administration 252
Appendix IV. World War I Casualties and Death Tables 254
Appendix V. The Lodge Reservations 255
Appendix VI. AEF Divisions in France, 1917–18 257
Appendix VII. The Cost of the War 259
Appendix VIII. Reparations and Their Aftermath 260
Chapter Notes 263
Bibliography 279
Index 285