The Progressive Presidents
Kenneshea Q Alexander
15 March 2013
It has been said that the Presidential election of 1912 was the most Progressive in the US history. This election was held on November 5, 1912 of which democrat Woodrow Wilson defeated Bull Moose as well as candidate and former Republican president Theodore Roosevelt and Republican incumbent president William Howard Taft. We ask ourselves what or who were Progressives? According to a statement by Roosevelt, “Anyone who has a forward-thinking vision of the future and intense convictions qualified as a Progressive” (Bowles, 2011). As we viewed our election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney and many made their last minute votes during the election, we see how hard they fought with personal attacks, fiery speeches and media brouhahas were only an endemic to modern politics. It was completely different 100 years ago. Progressive firmly believed they could change society for the better and become a state of perfection (Bowles, 2011).
Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States, from September 14, 1901 to March 4, 1909. He was known for his outstanding personality, wide range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, he also had cowboy persona and robust masculinity. Roosevelt was the leader of the Republican Party and founder of the first incarnation of the short-lived Progressive Party of 1912. Became President at the age of 42 because President William McKinley was assassinated, he was known as the youngest president. He made attempts to turn the Republican Party towards Progressivism. He coined the phrase “Square Deal” which described his domestic agenda, which put emphasis on average citizens would be allotted fair share under his policies. His policies were known as “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Within the New Nationalism, it states that, “There have been two great crises in our...
References: Bowles, M. (2011). A history of the United States since 1865. Chapter 2 – Pivotal Decades, 1900-1920 San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
Roosevelt, T. R. (1910, Aug. 31). The new nationalism. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/tr-nationalism/
Wilson, W. (1913, March 4). First inaugural address. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/tr-woodrow/
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