Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad

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Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad I. The “Bull Moose” Campaign a. Democratic National Convention i. Wilson was nominated (William Jennings Bryan helped support this) ii. Platform: 1. Called “New Freedom” program 2. Included: a. Antitrust legislation b. Banking reform c. Tariff reductions b. Progressive (“Bull Moose”) Republican Convention i. Ran Teddy Roosevelt; he was eager to run because he was angry about not being accepted by the Republicans for their nomination ii. Were for women’s rights and social justice iii. Roosevelt said that he felt as strong as a Bull Moose. This symbolized the party c. Roosevelt v Taft i. Were out to get each other ii. Roosevelt called Taft a “fathead” and said that he had the brain of a “guinea pig” iii. Taft called Roosevelt a “dangerous egotist” and a “demagogue” iv. This division would split the Republican Party votes, ensuring a Democratic victory d. New Freedom or New Nationalism? i. Both favored a more active government role in economic and social affairs, but disagreed over specific strategies ii. Roosevelt – New Nationalism 1. Wanted continued consolidation of trusts and labor unions 2. Wanted powerful regulatory agencies in the national government 3. Campaigned for women’s suffrage 4. Wanted a broad program of social welfare, including minimum wage laws and universal insurance (wanted a welfare state – like FDR’s New Deal) iii. Wilson – New Freedom 1. Favored small enterprise, entrepreneurship, and the free functioning of unregulated and unmonopolized markets 2. They didn’t like social welfare proposals and put their economic trust in competition
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3. Wanted trusts to be fragmented through enforcement of the antitrust laws, not regulated II. Woodrow Wilson a. Election of 1912 i. Wilson won: 1. 435-88-8 2. 6.3 million-4.1 million-3.5 million-900,000 (less than Bryan in any of his 3 defeats) 3. Roosevelt was second, then Taft, then Eugene V. Debs (the Socialist Party candidate – who got twice as many votes as he did 4 years ago) ii. Wilson won only 41% of the popular vote iii. His party won a majority in Congress iv. Roosevelt and Taft combined to get more votes than Wilson (so many approved of their progressive platforms) b. Future of the Progressives, Socialists, and Republicans i. Progressives – 1. The Progressive Party or Bull Moose Party was dependent on one man – Roosevelt. One he stopped running, there was no party. Few won State or local offices. However, the Democrats would enact many of their reforms ii. Socialists – 1. The Socialists won thousands of State and local office seats. However, they couldn’t hand out patronage positions because 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, which he enjoyed much more than being president III. Wilson: The Idealist In Politics a. Characteristics of Wilson
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