This 4 page paper reviews Woodrow Wilson's “Fourteen Points” (1918), Franklin Roosevelt's “Atlantic Charter” (1914), and George W. Bush's “Second Inaugural Address” and delineates common points. No additional sources are listed.
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are considered three of the most monumental documents in American History and, indeed, even in world history. Each, in its own way, was premised on the need to advance
democratic principles on a worldwide scale. Bush, in fact, believed that his ideologies were actually an extension of the Wilsonian tradition, a tradition that interestingly enough was liberal in
origin. Roosevelts "Atlantic Charter" was a continuation of that tradition as well of course. It is important to remember when considering Wilsons "Fourteen Points" that World War I
had represented the ultimate end of the policy of U.S. Isolationism, a policy that had been held in place , at least in part, by the inherent view we had
of ourselves as being minor players when it came to the world over all. While we ventured outside of our own borders on occasion, it was only against nations
that we considered much smaller and possibly even inferior. During this time period we were in effect slowly building up our image of our place in the world.
With World War I, however, that image began to more rapidly take shape. We finally recognized that our military involvement could make a difference not just in terms of
affairs close to home but in terms of world affairs. We flexed our muscles and finally recognized that we were in fact quickly becoming one of the worlds most
powerful nations. Wilsons beliefs regarding the importance of international cooperation as a preventative of war and an insurance of democracy were the basis of his "Fourteen Points". Those
beliefs, and the points that encapsulated them, were intriguing to say the least. He contended, for example, that democratic nations were less likely to wage war on one another.