Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad

Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad - Wilsonian...

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Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad 1. The “Bull Moose” Campaign a. `Democratic National Convention i. Wilson was nominated (William Bryan helped support this) ii. Platform 1. Called “New Freedom” program a. Included: i. Antitrust legislation ii. Banking reform iii. Tariff reductions b. Progressive (“Bull Moose”) Republican Convention i. Ran Teddy Roosevelt 1. angry about Republicans not accepting him for nomination 2. Were for women’s rights and social justice 3. TR felt as strong as a Bull Moose a. Symbolized the party c. Roosevelt v Taft i. Were out to get each other ii. This division would split the Republican Party votes 1. ensuring a Democratic victory 2. Woodrow Wilson a. Election of 1912 i. Wilson won: 1. Roosevelt and Taft combined to get more votes than Wilson a. many approved of their progressive platforms b. Future of the Progressives, Socialists, and Republicans i. Progressives – 1. Bull Moose Party 2. dependent on one man – Roosevelt 3. Democrats would enact many of their reforms ii. Socialists – 1. won thousands of State and local office seats 2. couldn’t hand out patronage positions a. they didn’t win governor or president iii. Republicans – 1. Were a minority in Congress for the next 6 years 2. Were out of the presidency for 8 years 3. Taft happily became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court a. enjoyed much more than being president 3. Wilson: The Idealist In Politics a. Characteristics of Wilson i. Second Democratic president since 1861 ii. First southerner to become president since Zachary Taylor Roosevelt called Taft a “fathead” and said that he had the brain of a “guinea pig Taft called Roosevelt a “dangerous egotist” and a “demagogue”
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When lobbyists went to the Senate to urge them to vote against the bill, Wilson appealed to the people by urging them to encourage their representatives to vote for it iii. Sympathized with the Confederacy iv. religious (the son of a Presbyterian minister) v. racist 1. Praised
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