History Presidential Politics

History Presidential Politics - Feb. 13 History:...

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Feb. 13 History: Presidential Politics Election of 1912 Debates of this election were remarkably pressing, foreshadowed debates over the role of the American state, about the character of the American nation, for the remainder of the 20 th century One of the things that made this election so extraordinary was the sitting President, Taft, had the support of his party, Republican party which was the dominant party since 1886 In spring of 1912, Teddy Roosevelt, former President, announced that he was running and was going to challenge his hand picked successor for the Republican nomination Socialist party enjoyed its greatest rank this year and fielded candidate Eugene Debs, a notorious labor leader, enjoyed enough popular support Democratic party nominated former Governor of New Jersey, Woodrow Wilson Four major candidates running in 1912, major figures of the era Theodore Roosevelt decided to run because he was disappointed in the leadership that Taft provided after he finished his second term, was an egomaniac and was bored and wanted to get back in the center of politics, committed to his plan of reform for American society When the Republican party met at its convention, they rallied around Taft and booted Roosevelt out of the Republican Party In 1912 Republican party fractured with part following Teddy Roosevelt out of the party, became the leader of a third party created as a vehicle for reform – the Progressive Party, committed itself to a lengthy list of reforms and had Roosevelt as its candidate Roosevelt knew that he couldn’t win the Presidency as the Progressive candidate but still went about the election with tremendous vigor, also partly to ensure Taft didn’t win the Presidency The end result of the election was as Roosevelt predicted, dominant Republican party was split and he won 27% of popular vote, Taft won what was left of the Republican party at 22%, and Woodrow Wilson won 42% - similar to election of 1992 Wilson was only elected because of the split of the Republican party Eugene Debs ran on a platform that was in many ways backwards, dealing with the question of inequality between labor and capital and his solution was to try to essentially
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2008 for the course HIST 128 taught by Professor Nelson during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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History Presidential Politics - Feb. 13 History:...

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