Forming a League of Nations
Edith Wilson: Law, Politics and Govt
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: Two to three class periods
During World War I, which was a particuarly brutal war, Woodrow Wilson and other statesmen in Europe developed the idea for some kind of international body that could help preserve the peace once the war was over. After the war, Wilson proposed, as part of the peace treaty (the Treaty of Versailles), that a League of Nations be established. The United States refused to ratify the treaty, and thus, the League. Hoping to rally the nation in his cause, Woodrow and Edith Wilson brought the idea to the people, traveling across the United States by train. The Wilsons were ultimately unsuccessful, and the country had to wait a quarter of a century for the United Nations to be born.
1. Introduce the historical era to the students and ask them to research some background on the League of Nations, using the first two websites listed below, as well as any print resources (texts) there are on hand.
2. Several student groups should continue the research, paying particular attention to the following questions:
Students might use their knowledge to stage a mock United Nations meeting on a current topic.
This lesson was developed by Marian Maxfield, Kent State University