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The Temperance Movement began in the eighteenth century with a moderate view of drinking: seen as a gift of God, alcohol was not considered intrinsically wrong, but easily abused. By the mid-nineteenth century, Temperance had become more and more associated with total abstinence from alcohol and linked with a fundamental Christian morality. Organizations such as the Anti-Saloon League and the Women's Christian Temperance Movement appeared and gained political clout. Prohibition of alcohol became a rallying cry for general reform. The states ratified the Eighteenth Amendment on January 16, 1919, and the Volstead Act was signed on October 28, 1919. Combined, these laws prohibited production, distribution or sale of beverages with an alcoholic content higher than 0.5%. Enforcement of Prohibition was nearly impossible: organized crime and bootlegging, home production, and doctors' prescriptions for whiskey soared as people became more and more disenchanted with the law. Ratification of the 21st Amendment on December 5th, 1933 ended more than a decade of Prohibition.
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Wilson was president throughout World War I. He attempted to keep America out of the war and even won reelection with the slogan "He kept us out of war." Nonetheless, after the sinking of the Lusitania, continued run-ins with German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, America became involved. with the Lusitania, the continued harassment of American ships by German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram meant that America joined the allies in April, 1917.
Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.
Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.
He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.
A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."
A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."
A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."
The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.
Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.
Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability
Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.
Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.
Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.
Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.
Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation
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