The Progressive Presidents
At the dawn of the 19th century, a new era had emerged that would forever alter the course of America history. This new era was known as the Progressive era; an era of change between the common worker and the powerful giants of industry. Three major leaders that occupied this specific moment in time were Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. Though these prominent men had contributed much to the efforts of the progressive movement, each one had different personal views that dictated their approach. This paper attempts to compare and contrast these men's progressive ideals apart from their actions. Woodrow Wilson (1913) addressed in his inaugural speech the necessary changes in the government to show favor towards the popular Party. He explains this by asserting that the nation desires the Party to interpret and change the nation's designs and views. He claims that now the governments and the nation's job are to cleanse and correct the carelessness and ills conveyed about by the country's industrialization. He touches on the matters that need settlement, which extends from the need to adjust the foreign tariff, the banking scheme, the industrial scheme, and the agricultural scheme. He also discusses how the government desires to protect its people' lives with sanitary regulations, untainted food regulations, and work regulations. He stresses that there will be a repairment in the financial scheme, and that "Justice, and only fairness, shall always be our motto." Theodore Roosevelt’s Progressive platform called for the direct election of U.S. senators, woman suffrage, reduction of the tariff, and many social reforms. Roosevelt, who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909, embarked on a vigorous campaign as the party's presidential candidate. A key point of his platform was the "Square Deal". This was Roosevelt's concept of a society based on fair business competition and increased...
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