Woodrow Wilson, a leader of the Progressive Movement, was the 28th President of the United States (1913-1921). On the occasion of his birthday, Constitution Daily looks at some unusual facts related to one of the more controversial Presidents in American history. Wilson's presidency was marked by significant events such as World War I, the implementation of progressive policies, but also tarnished by his support for segregation and the mistreatment of Black federal workers.
One of the most controversial aspects of Wilson's presidency was his role in enabling segregation and vile treatment of Black federal workers. Despite being a progressive leader, Wilson allowed policies that segregated federal employees and normalized racial discrimination. This legacy casts a dark shadow over his presidency, as it contradicted the principles of equality and justice that the Progressive Movement advocated for.
Woodrow Wilson's policy of neutrality at the outbreak of World War I was another significant event during his presidency. Initially, he aimed to keep the United States out of the war and focused on domestic issues. However, as the war escalated and American interests were threatened, Wilson led the country into the conflict. Under his leadership, the United States played a crucial role in the Allied victory and contributed to the eventual establishment of the League of Nations.