Presidents from Theodore Roosevelt through Coolidge, 1901-1929: Debating the Issues in Pro and Con Primary Documents

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Students will be able to debate the key political, social, and economic issues and initiatives of each President covered here by using this rich source of pro and con primary documents contemporary to the time. Carefully selected presidential statements and opposition statements on each major issue of the presidents' administrations, along with accompanying explanatory material, will help students to debate the issues and apply critical thinking skills to their understanding of U.S. history. This volume covers ...

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Overview

Students will be able to debate the key political, social, and economic issues and initiatives of each President covered here by using this rich source of pro and con primary documents contemporary to the time. Carefully selected presidential statements and opposition statements on each major issue of the presidents' administrations, along with accompanying explanatory material, will help students to debate the issues and apply critical thinking skills to their understanding of U.S. history. This volume covers the Presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, and Calvin Coolidge. The section on each president includes entries on 5-9 key issues of his administration, from enforcing anti-trust legislation at the beginning of Roosevelt's administration to arguments over the value of the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact to outlaw war that closed the Coolidge era. Primary documents include presidential speeches, letters, memoirs and autobiographies, congressional speeches, Supreme Court decisions, statements by opposition groups, newspaper editorials, and comments from prominent private citizens.

Students will be able to trace ongoing arguments over significant political, social and economic issues during the course of these five administrations that comprise the Progressive Era, the war years, and the postwar return to normalcy, years that witnessed perhaps the greatest period of transformation in U.S. history. These presidents took varying positions on the increasingly activist role of government, the growing power of business, the issue of tariffs, the rights of workers, women, and children, the problems of minority groups, the question of immigration, the issue of isolationism or intervention abroad, and the growing concern over the environment. The section on each president features an introductory overview of the key issues of his administration, followed by an entry on each issue. Each entry contains an overview of the issue and discussion of the opposing viewpoints, followed by a statement from the president and the text of a document taking an opposing point of view. The section on each president concludes with suggested reading for further study. A timeline of the period puts all the issues in chronological context.

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FRANCINE SANDERS ROMERO is Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Timeline
Introduction
1 Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) 1
Regulation of Trusts 6
Anthracite Coal Strike 12
Panama Canal 19
Monroe Doctrine and the Roosevelt Corollary 24
Railroad Regulation 30
Simplified Spelling 36
The Brownsville Episode 41
Conservation of Natural Resources 47
Woman Suffrage 53
2 William Howard Taft (1909-1913) 61
Continuing the Conservation Agenda 64
Dollar Diplomacy 70
Judicial Recall 75
Trusts and the Sherman Antitrust Act 81
Future of the Republican Party and the 1912 Election 87
Presidential Power 92
3 Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) 99
Tariff Reduction 103
Federal Reserve Act 109
Segregation in the Federal Government 115
U.S.-Mexican Relations 121
Immigration Literacy Test 126
Regulation of Child Labor 131
U.S. Neutrality in the Great War 137
U.S. Entry into the Great War 143
Versailles Treaty and the League of Nations 149
4 Warren G. Harding (1921-1923) 157
Compensatory Treaty with Colombia 160
Racial Equality 164
Restoration of Tariffs 172
Washington Conference on the Limitation of Armament 178
The Soldiers' Bonus 185
Prohibition 191
5 Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) 199
Tax Relief 202
National Origins Act 207
U.S. Intervention in Nicaragua 213
McNary-Haugen Bill 219
Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact 225
Bibliography 233
Index 237
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