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Topics in Chronicling America - League of Nations

In 1920, Woodrow Wilson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for conceptualizing and helping to form an organization that the United States never joined- the League of Nations. A fierce struggle between Presidential and Congressional power, the United States’ Senate refusal to ratify the Treaty of Versailles and join the League of Nations was hotly debated following the end of World War I. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • January 8, 1918. President Woodrow Wilson presents his Fourteen Points to Congress which introduces his idea for a League of Nations.
  • January 1919. League of Nations created at Paris Peace Conference.
  • February 3-14, 1919. League of Nations Covenant is drafted.
  • March 2, 1919. U.S. Senate opposes League of Nations until peace treaty is completed.
  • April 11, 1919. Geneva chosen as the location for the League of Nations.
  • January 16, 1920. First League Council session takes place in Paris.
  • January 16, 1920. U.S. Senate votes against U.S. participation in the League.
  • November 15-December 18, 1920. First League Assembly session meets.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Wilson, League, Geneva.
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.
  • Try searching for the terms League and Nations within 5 words of each other.

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