Similarities and Differences: T. Roosevelt vs. W. Wilson

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Similarities and Differences: T. Roosevelt vs. W. Wilson Michelle Neuman HIS204 Professor Carl Garrigus July 8, 2013 Similarities and Differences: T. Roosevelt vs. W. Wilson The election of 1912 was an election that changed the country, as 75 percent of all votes cast were for a Progressive candidate. The candidates were Theodore Roosevelt, a staunch Progressive who ran under the newly created Bull Moose Party; William Howard Taft, a Republican; and, Woodrow Wilson, a Progressive Democrat. The race was one of astounding victory for the progressive way of thinking. While there were definite parallels in the two men, the contrasts were far more striking. Even though Roosevelt and Wilson were both supportive of the progressive movement, they ran for President under two completely different parties, and this was not their only difference. Woodrow Wilson, the former president of Princeton University, was the son of a minister and was soft-spoken. He was a quiet, intellectual man who had a distinguished education behind him, attending Princeton, then Johns Hopkins University where he earned his PhD in history. Wilson’s political aspirations afforded him a landslide victory in the 1912 election for President with 42 percent of the popular vote. His “New Freedom” platform included lower tariffs, a national income tax, a Federal Reserve System and antitrust laws. Once Wilson was elected, he became very self-sufficient. He only engaged one or two people in conversations about his presidency, and many times would seclude himself in his office. His once cordial relationships of his governorship were no longer present in Washington. This was a complete transformation from his prior years leading to the mystery surrounding his behavior. In contrast, Theodore Roosevelt

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