Woodrow Wilson: A Character Study

Woodrow Wilson: A Character Study

Woodrow Wilson: A Character Study

Woodrow Wilson: A Character Study

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It has not been the purpose of this volume to present a "Life" of its subject, but merely to give such account of striking incidents in a distinguished career as may aid in throwing light upon character and mentality. The conclusion suggested is that Dr. Wilson was a statesman of high aims and unique talents, whose life work was hindered by a faulty perspective -- personal and political.

The period covered reaches from 1890 to 1920, -- say thirty years, -- of which twenty were spent at Princeton University. The narrative contained in Chapters II to VII inclusive is believed to be the only two-sided account of Dr. Wilson's Princeton career which has, thus far, been attempted. Not only has it value in the general scheme of the book, but it is especially interesting at this time when questions of Presidential powers in our colleges and universities are so much discussed. Such question lay at the root of the Princeton troubles, in which Dr. Wilson was the outstanding figure.

In the political portion of the book it has been the aim to treat each chapter as a unit which may be read by itself, irrespective of the order of arrangement. The latter, however, roughly follows the chronology of the events recorded. While there is much familiar material, -- familiar at least to all those who have followed the politics of the last thirty years, -- it is hoped that the grouping may suggest new and interesting conclusions. Since 1910 there has come to reading age, a new generation, to whom the social and political questions of 1912 and their nineteenth century roots are in "the abysm of time." Chapter IX, therefore, contains a brief résumé of political conditions and factional quarrels at the time of Dr. Wilson's political debut, thus to some exé . . .

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