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Eager to turn the congressional election of 1918 into a confirmation of his foreign policy, President Woodrow Wilson was criticized for abandoning the spirit of the popular slogan "Politics adjourned!" His predecessor, William Howard Taft, found Wilson difficult to deal with and took issue with his version of the League of Nations, which Taft felt was inferior to the model proposed by the League to Enforce Peace. Instead of joining the massive Republican opposition to the Treaty of Versailles, however, Taft ...
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Eager to turn the congressional election of 1918 into a confirmation of his foreign policy, President Woodrow Wilson was criticized for abandoning the spirit of the popular slogan "Politics adjourned!" His predecessor, William Howard Taft, found Wilson difficult to deal with and took issue with his version of the League of Nations, which Taft felt was inferior to the model proposed by the League to Enforce Peace. Instead of joining the massive Republican opposition to the Treaty of Versailles, however, Taft supported Wilson's controversial decision to travel to Paris as the head of the American peace delegation, and he defended the critical tenth article of the covenant, which detractors saw as a surrender of American sovereignty. He also counseled Wilson to insert a clause concerning the Monroe Doctrine that would pacify the Senate's group of "reservationists," whose votes were essential to approval of the treaty.

Volume VII in The Collected Works of William Howard Taft consists of the Taft Papers on League of Nations, originally published in 1920. This is a collection of Taft's speeches, newspaper articles, and complementary documents that reflect his consistent support for a league of nations and, eventually, for the Covenant of the League of Nations emanating from the Paris Peace Conference. Whereas the failure of the treaty and its League of Nations can probably be laid at the feet of an obstinate Wilson and a wily Henry Cabot Lodge, William Howard Taft can be credited with rising above partisanship to emerge as the League's most consistent supporter. Taft Papers on League of Nations provides a window on the machinations surrounding some of the most significant decisions of the era.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821415184
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Collected Works W H Taft Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Commentary xi
Foreword to the Original Edition xiii
Introduction xv
1. League to Enforce Peace 3
2. Victory Program 5
3. The Paris Covenant for a League of Nations 1 8
4. Plan for a League of Nations to Enforce Peace 36
5. Proposals of the League to Enforce Peace 50
6. Constitutionality of the Proposals 55
7. A Constructive Plan for Human Betterment 62
8. The Purposes of the League 73
9. Statement Made at Richmond, Virginia, March 21, 1917 78
10. The Menace of a Premature Peace 80
11. World Peace Debate 93
12. Victory with Power 118
13. Our Purpose 120
14. Self Determination 123
15. Peril in Hun Peace Offer 125
16. The Obligations of Victory 128
17. Workingmen and the League 138
18. A League of Nations Our National Policy 140
19. Why a League of Nations Is Necessary 143
20. Lesser League of Nations 147
21. Disarmament of Nations and Freedom of the Seas 150
22. The League of Nations and the German Colonies 1 152
23. The League of Nations and Religious Liberty 154
24. President Wilson and the League of Nations 157
25. Senator Lodge on the League of Nations 161
26. The League: Why and How 165
27. From an Article in the Public Ledger, January 1, 1919 178
28. Representation in the League 179
29. Criticism Should Be Constructive 182
30. Roosevelt's Contribution to League of Nations 185
31. The League of Nations, What It Means and Why It Must Be 189
32. League of Nations and President Wilson's Advisers 194
33. "The League of Nations Is Here" 197
34. The League's "Bite" 201
35. The League of Nations and the German Colonies 2 205
36. From an Address at the Atlantic Congress for a League of Nations, New York, February 5, 1919 209
37. Ireland and the League 210
38. The Great Covenant of Paris 213
39. To Business Men 223
40. From an Address at San Francisco, February 19, 1919 228
41. From an Address at Salt Lake City, February 22, 1919 230
42. League of Nations as Barrier to Any Great Wars in Future 237
43. The Paris Covenant for a League of Nations 2 241
44. Answer to Senator Knox's Indictment 255
45. Paris Covenant Has Teeth 263
46. To Make Peace Secure 267
47. League of Nations Has Not Delayed Peace 271
48. "Open Diplomacy" Slow 274
49. Russia, France, Danzig 277
50. The Round Robin 279
51. Guaranties of Article X 281
52. Religious and Racial Freedom 283
53. Secret Treaty Provisions That Are at the Root of the Crisis at the Paris Conference 285
54. Analysis of the League Covenant as Amended 287
55. Correspondence 294
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