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Gonzales in Ascension Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

"The War to End War"

- President Woodrow Wilson

 
 
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Inscription.  
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson had lofty goals for World War I, including his hope that the war would create a set of conditions that made future wars impossible. Along with his plea that the war should be fought "to make the world safe for democracy,” the quote above is probably Wilson's most famous statement during America's involvement in the war. Ironically, though, Wilson did not use the most famous phrase first, and he only said it once. The first man to use it was H.G. Wells, the English author, most famous for his science fiction work such as The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds. An outspoken critic of the Germans, Wells began writing a series of articles in 1914, arguing that the defeat of Germany would put an end to all war. The articles were later published in a book called The War That Will End War.

Wilson's prediction, based on Wells's phrase, clearly turned out to be wrong. As a result, people eventually began to use the phrase to mock Wilson's idealism and anyone who believed in the concept that war could ever prevent war. Even future presidents like Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Richard M. Nixon

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publicly criticized the premise. Wilson's idealism had galvanized and united the nation so well behind the war effort during World War I. However, after the war, because those lofty goals and ideals had not been met, a new atmosphere of skepticism and disillusionment emerged among the American people. In many ways, those uneasy feelings remain to this day.
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson, the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman, the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #37 Richard M. Nixon series lists.
 
Location. 30° 13.712′ N, 90° 54.791′ W. Marker is in Gonzales, Louisiana, in Ascension Parish. Memorial can be reached from South Irma Boulevard 0.3 miles north of East Worthey Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gonzales LA 70737, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A View From The Trenches: A Doughboy From Donaldsonville Writes Home (here, next to this marker); World War I (here, next to this marker); The Civil War (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Civil War (a few steps from this
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World War I Kiosk
marker); World War II (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Civil War (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Civil War (a few steps from this marker); WWII - War In The Mediterranean (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gonzales.
 
More about this marker. Located at the Gonzales Veterans Memorial Park
 
U. S. President, Woodrow Wilson, 1856-1924 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
4. U. S. President, Woodrow Wilson, 1856-1924
Photo taken between 1913 and 1924 -- In album: Woodrow Wilson, Herbert E. French, National Photo Company.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 11, 2018.   4. submitted on March 19, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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