Wilson's Fourteen Points
"Fourteen Points Address" draft
The U.S. entered World War I in April 1917. On
January 8, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson announced his Fourteen
Points, which would serve as the basis for peace in November 1918.
The points are shown here in the original shorthand draft by Wilson
himself (Wilson habitually drafted his speeches in shorthand).
With the Fourteen Points, Wilson sought to break the will of the
Central Powers to fight by promising a just peace that would guarantee
national independence and self-determination for all peoples involved
in the war.