On Jan. 8, 1918, President Wilson gave a surprise address to Congress in which he outlined the essential points for which the Great War was being fought.

The speech and its contents have become known to history as the 14 Points. It put forth his agreement with the aims of the war that had already been outlined recently by British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, plus his vision of the world after the conclusion of what he called “the culminating and final war for human liberty.”

It was certainly not the “final war for human liberty,” but Wilson saw a chance for the world to move on to something better after the blood and carnage of this war.

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Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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