Great Senate Debates

Great Senate Debates: The League of Nations


Civil Rights Excerpt

The United States Senate has long been the scene of some of this nation’s most important oratory. The Institute brings these decisive deliberations to life in its newest program, Great Senate Debates. Blending live performance with historic film footage and archival images, this inspiring 20-minute program looks at the context and importance of crucial turning points in Senate history, and reflects on their impact to our lives today.

Great Senate Debates: The League of Nations presents the complex and sometimes fraught relationship between Senate leaders and President Woodrow Wilson following World War I, and how executive overreach and concerns over the future of American sovereignty contributed to the United States' rejection of the Treaty of Versailles.

Video Resource