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Exhibit Theme

Promoting International Peace

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Certified copy of the Treaty of...
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Certified copy of the Treaty of Versailles (Unperfected Treaty) Section on League of Nations, c. 1919

In 1919, the Allied nations met in Paris to negotiate the treaty with Germany ending World War I. President Woodrow Wilson brought his own agenda to the talks. Wilson’s highest priority was to establish an international peacekeeping organization—the League of Nations. The U.S. Senate, which holds exclusive power to permit ratification of treaties, rejected the treaty largely because of this provision.

General Records of the U.S. Government, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.