1912 Election and the Power of Progressivism A Brief History with Documents

ISBN-10: 0312260296

ISBN-13: 9780312260293

Edition: 2003

Authors: Brett Flehinger

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Faced with the challenge of adapting America’s political and social order to the rise of corporate capitalism, in 1912 four presidential candidates — Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Eugene Debs — shaped Americans’ thoughts about their public futures. Their positions would come to frame national conversation over the role of corporations in American life, determine the relation between the state and society that still controls our thinking about market regulation, and usher in a period of Progressive reform. Connecting the debates of 1912 to some of the most pressing issues of the Progressive Era, this volume presents selected sensational speeches, correspondence between these important figures and their allies and opponents, and 12 lively political cartoons. The documents are supported by an interpretive essay, a chronology, a bibliography, and a series of questions for student consideration, including ideas for a classroom debate.
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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 11/27/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Introduction: The Story of 1912: "A Year Supreme with Possibilities"
"Progressive": The Popular Label
Republican Chaos
The Trouble with Taft
"My Hat Is in the Ring": Roosevelt Returns
Democracy Redefined: The Republican Nomination
"Standing at Armageddon": Roosevelt and the Progressive Party
An Almost Certain Victory: The Democratic Convention
Socialism at High Tide: Eugene V. Debs and the Socialist Party
The Problem of the Progressive Era
From Greenbackers to Populists: The Response to Change
The Progressive Response
The Problem of Corporate Capitalism
Organized Efficiency: The Modern Corporation
Two Responses to Corporate Growth
A "Machine for Making Money": The Corporation and American Society
The Candidates Debate
The Procorporatists: Theodore Roosevelt and Charles Van Hise
The Anticorporatists: Robert La Follette, Louis Brandeis, and Woodrow Wilson
The Best of a Bad Lot: African American Options in 1912
Neither a "Flubdub" nor Second Rate: William Howard Taft
Socialism as Progressivism: Eugene V. Debs and the Socialist Party
Epilogue: The Debate Continued
The Documents
The Procorporatists: Theodore Roosevelt and Charles Van Hise
The New Nationalism, August 31, 1910
Making a New Platform, September 10, 1910
Letters to Theodore Roosevelt Jr., Benjamin Barr Lindsay, and Chase Salmon Osborn, August 22, 1911, December 5, 1911, and January 18, 1912
A Charter of Democracy, February 12, 1912
Letters, October 21, 1911, and October 27, 1911
For Chairman of the Convention, June 18, 1912
A Confession of Faith, August 6, 1912
The Senior Partner, September 8, 1912
Letters to Mary Ella Lyon Swift, Florence Kelley, and Jane Addams, March 7, 1911, January 9, 1912, and ca. August 8, 1912
Letter to Julian La Rose Harris, August 1, 1912
Letters to Senator Robert M. La Follette, October 30, 1911, and November 21, 1911
Letter to Charles R. Van Hise, June 4, 1912, and Charles R. Van Hise, from Concentration and Control, 1912
The Anticorporatists: Robert M. La Follette, Louis D. Brandeis, and Woodrow Wilson
Speech at Jamestown, North Dakota, March 14, 1912
Speech at Bismarck, North Dakota, March 14, 1912
Letter to Senator Jonathan Bourne, January 2, 1911
Letter to Blanche Morse, March 28, 1912
The Only Way, September 17, 1912, and Pay Day, September 7, 1912
Letter to Norman Hapgood, July 3, 1912
Letter to Alfred Brandeis, August 28, 1912
Correspondence, September 27, 1912, and September 30, 1912
Letter to Arthur Norman Holcombe, September 11, 1912
Trusts, Efficiency, and the New Party, September 14, 1912
Speech at Buffalo, New York, September 2, 1912
Speech at Sioux City, Iowa, September 17, 1912
Speech at Pueblo, Colorado, October 7, 1912
The Biggest Monopolies, October 9, 1912
Diary, August 14, 1912
Maud Malone Halts Wilson, October 20, 1912
The Time, the Place, and the Girl, June 25, 1912
Neither a "Flubdub" nor Second Rate: William Howard Taft
Speech at Nashua, New Hampshire, March 19, 1912
Speech at the American Academy of Political and Social Science, March 30, 1912
Letters to Horace D. Taft and Charles F. Brooker, March 1, 1912, and March 5, 1912
Speech at Elkton, Maryland, May 4, 1912
He Eats 'Em Up-and Grows! September 19, 1910
The Presidency, September 29, 1912
Progressive: The Popular Label, October 6, 1912
Socialism as Progressivism: Eugene V. Debs
Socialism Gives Only Cure for Trust Evils, November 25, 1911
A Study of Competition, May 28, 1910
Acceptance Speech, Undated
Opening Speech of the Campaign, August 10, 1912
Platform, May 25, 1912
Mr. Voter Beware..., November 2, 1912
The Woman Question, January 13, 1912, and What Socialism Offers, September 28, 1912
Letter to Eugene V. Debs, August 8, 1912
Eugene V. Debs Says Moose Party Stole Socialist Planks, August 15, 1912, and Appeal to Reason, The Acid Test, September 21, 1912
A 1912 Election Chronology (1877-1930)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
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