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President Woodrow Wilson once said, “We (Americans) want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class of necessity in every society, to forgo the privilege of a real education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.


Question to Consider:

How do Woodrow Wilson's views on the American social structure suggest that he supports a society made up of "the Haves and Have Nots?"


Who is Woodrow Wilson?


Woodrow Wilson has commonly been portrayed as a progressive leader and one of America’s greatest presidents. With this said, we’re not out to “knock” on Mr. Wilson, but we definitely want to “call a spade a spade” and disclose who he was as a “social progressive” in the “land of opportunity.”


In the image to the above, Wilson is portrayed as an accomplished aristocrat and almost as a demagogue. Knowing that the system he advocates keeps the masses from this type of lifestyle, it remains only logical to show that he was not a true representative of the people. Wilson came from an elitist background and grew up with all the capital resource necessary to provide him with the opportunity to reach the social pinnacle of American society. His mere economic advantages while growing up should not be overlooked when attempting to understand how America is "A Land of Opportunity" for a few, but a "Land of Social and Economic Stagnation" for the masses.