1912 Essay

1912 Essay - The Election of 1912 and Progressivism The...

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The Election of 1912 and Progressivism The presidential election of 1912 was one of great significance and importance for the American population, for the elected official would be the one responsible for the passing of several reforms that were viewed as a must in order to secure the future of the United States and its citizens. However, all four of the potential candidates differentiated in their views on what issues actually required reform and which they felt required no government intervention at all. Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson are two candidates whose outlooks of these issues were in complete opposition to each other. Roosevelt’s “New Nationalism” and Wilson’s “New Freedom” candidacy platforms and plans for the United States following the election included their preparations for the modification of such private and public concerns involving corporate trusts, the adoption of a direct democracy, and a system of popular constitutionality for the American people. “…In every wise struggle for human betterment one of the main objects, and often the only object, has been to achieve in large measure equality of opportunity” (The 1912 Election and the Power of Progressivism 65). Spoken by Theodore Roosevelt in 1910, this exemplifies everything that was truly the “New Nationalism” including the issues revolving around American corporate trusts in the pre-Progressive era. At this time in history, trusts were viewed as either a burden or a brilliant business scheme to encounter wealth and power in both commerce, as well as local, state, and national government. Roosevelt’s fellow pro-corporatist, Charles Van Hise, promoted on behalf of Roosevelt the importance of corporate trusts in the American economy in his book “Concentration and Control”. Roosevelt claims that Hise’s ideas
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orbiting around the matter “…aim to suggest a way to gain the economic advantages of the concentration of industry and at the same time to guard the interests of the public, and to assist in the rule of enlightenment, reason, fair play, mutual consideration, and toleration” (90) of the trusts. Rather than “trust-bust” and completely remove such activity within the business corporations, Hise and Roosevelt agree on the suggestion of regulating and supervising company
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