Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft and Debs--The Election that Changed the Country

Paperback, 323 pages

English language

Published July 26, 2005 by Simon & Schuster.

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Presidential politics in one crucial year of the Progressive Era—before TV, polls, and consultants: not a horse race so much as a contact sport.

Veteran journalist and editor Chace (Govt. and International Affairs/Bard Coll.; Acheson: The Secretary of State Who Created the American World, 1998, etc.) does not present a fresh interpretation of the 1912 election, but he offers a lively recounting of this pivotal, bitter contest that hinged on how to overcome economic inequality and featured significant third-party involvement. The rivals included conservative Republican President William Howard Taft; his predecessor, Theodore Roosevelt, who broke with his old friend over conservation and trust-busting issues, then bolted the GOP to form the Progressive Party; New Jersey governor Woodrow Wilson, whose brilliant oratory called for more stringent antitrust legislation; and fiery socialist Eugene Debs, who preached trade unionism to audiences as large as 100,000. Chace captures the way that rivals’ egos could …

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  • United States - 20th Century
  • U.S. History - Early 20th Century
  • U.S. Presidential Elections
  • History
  • History - General History
  • History: World
  • Government - U.S. Government
  • Political Process - Elections
  • History / General
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