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The Progressive Presidents

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Title: The Progressive Presidents


1
The Progressive Presidents
  • Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson

2
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Weak child, overcame weaknesses
  • Wealthy family, Harvard cowboy
  • Used media well in NY politics
  • Wife, mother died on same day
  • Wanted American Imperialism, White mans burden

3
Young Teedy Roosevelt
4
Roosevelt (cont.)
  • USS Maine explodes in Cuba
  • Begins Spanish-American War
  • Made Rough Riders to attack Spain
  • Famous San Juan Hill chargehero
  • Made governor of NY, VP
  • McKinley assassination makes him president (new,
    active man)
  • Protects natural resources

5
Rough Rider
6
Roosevelt (cont.)
  • Speak softly and carry a big stick
  • Used Panama revolution to build and control
    canal under Monroe Doctrine.
  • Broke monopolies when abusiveie. railroads but
    not steel.
  • Supported unions if honest.
  • Feared socialism, re-elected to Bully Pulpit.

7
William Howard Taft
8
Roosevelt
  • Chose P.R. nightmare, tariff problem- plagued
    Taft as successor, regretted it.
  • Taft alienated Progressives/T.R.
  • 1912T.R. ran against Taft as Progressive Bull
    Moose Party (shot, finishes speech)
  • Taft and Roosevelt defeated by democrat Woodrow
    Wilson.

9
1912 Election Results
  • Woodrow Wilson (435)
  • Teddy Roosevelt (88)
  • William Howard Taft (8)
  • Eugene Debs (0)
  • Socialist Party6 of vote
  • Runs for pres. from prison in 1920

10
Woodrow Wilson
  • Wilson continues progressive reforms
  • Creates Federal Reserve and Federal Trade
    Commission to manage finance.
  • Direct federal income tax created.
  • Major racist, expels all African Americans from
    government positions.
  • Reelected 1916 under slogan He kept us out of
    war.

11
Woodrow Wilson
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