Skip to Main Content

Woodrow Wilson’s Declaration of War Against Germany Explained | Primary Source Close Read

Why was a declaration of war against Germany essential for the United States according to Woodrow Wilson? In this episode of Close Reads Explained, Kirk breaks down President Wilson’s 1917 address to Congress requesting a declaration of war against Germany. The address would eventually lead to the entry of the United States into World War I. Why did President Wilson take his address to Congress? What are the reasons he gives for why the United States should enter the war?

April 2, 1917: Address to Congress Requesting a Declaration of War Against Germany:

Related Resources