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Covenant of the League of Nations

The League of Nations grew out of the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. An elected committee drafted the Covenant on April 18, 1919; on that same day, the League ended World War I by ratifying the Treaty of Versailles. The Covenant entered into force on January 10, 1920. The United States, although crucial in getting the League started, did not ratify the Charter nor join the League because of political opposition within the US Senate.