Title

The fight over the League of Nations: Rhetorical tension in America’s exceptionalist narratives

Publication Date

2009

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This essay examines the rhetorical arguments of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge and President Woodrow Wilson as they relate to the League of Nations. While this subject has been studied before, it is argued that the debate should also be understood through the lens of America's exceptionalist narratives. The League of Nations deliberations serve as a microcosm of a much larger tension within the history of U.S. foreign relations about America's role within the world. By examining the rhetoric of Cabot Lodge and Wilson, we obtain a deeper understanding of this important historical event and American foreign policy culture.

Original Citation

Edwards, J.A. (2009). The fight over the League of Nations: Rhetorical tension in America’s exceptionalist narratives. Ohio Communication Journal, 47, 265-282.