Photograph of President Woodrow Wilson addressing Congress, requesting a declaration of war against Germany
This photograph, taken on 2 April 1917, shows President Woodrow Wilson addressing a joint session of the United States Congress, asking members to vote on the issue of declaring war against Germany.
In the speech, Wilson appealed to Congress by declaring that ‘the world must be safe for democracy’. He argued that Germany had consistently committed hostile acts against the safety and security of not only American, but also global civilians and interests.
Four days after this photograph was taken Congress voted in favour of a declaration of war against Germany, entering the United States as an active participant in World War One.
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- President Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, addresses Congress on April 2, 1917 requesting a declaration of war against Germany. (Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
- 2nd April 1917, Washington
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- Jennifer D Keene
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