Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)
Address to a Joint Session of Congress Requesting a Declaration of War Against Germany (02.04.1917)
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President Woodrow Wilson outlines his reasons for asking Congress for a declaration of war against Germany. He points to the German use of submarine warfare as a major factor in his decision to go to war against Germany. The President argues that the United States needs to wage war to make the world safe for democracy. Congress approves Wilson's request and declares war against Germany on April 6, 1917, bringing the United States into World War I.