The Collected Works of William Howard Taft: Political Issues and Outlooks, Speeches Delivered Between August 1908 and February 1909

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The second volume of The Collected Works of William Howard Taft is dedicated to the speeches and writings that displayed his thinking in the autumn of 1908 and the following winter.

At this time he was campaigning for the presidency against the well-known William Jennings Bryan, and in Taft’s writings is evidence of the contrast in style between Taft and Bryan and between Taft and his predecessor, Teddy Roosevelt. as well. Although uncomfortable with campaigning, he ...

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Overview


The second volume of The Collected Works of William Howard Taft is dedicated to the speeches and writings that displayed his thinking in the autumn of 1908 and the following winter.

At this time he was campaigning for the presidency against the well-known William Jennings Bryan, and in Taft’s writings is evidence of the contrast in style between Taft and Bryan and between Taft and his predecessor, Teddy Roosevelt. as well. Although uncomfortable with campaigning, he thoughtfully addresses the concerns of the day that framed the election, including race, the Philippines, and socialism.

Political Issues and Outlooks also contains speeches made after the election and leading up to his inauguration as the twenty-seventh president of the United States. Introduced by a commentary from the general series editor Professor David H. Burton, the second volume of The Collected Works of William Howard Taft is a revealing look at the machinations of United States politics at the beginning of the twentieth century and a glimpse into the mind of one of the century’s most influential political architects.

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The 23 speeches that Burton (history, St. Joseph's U., Philadelphia) has collected document the runup to Taft's campaign for the US presidency while serving as secretary of war in the Theodore Roosevelt administration. He says they demonstrate Taft's deep thinking about issues important to the American people. A five-page commentary is the only scholarly paraphernalia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821413951
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Collected Works W H Taft Series , #2
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


David H. Burton is the general editor of The Collected Works of William Howard Taft. An emeritus professor of history at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, he is the author of several books on the presidency.
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Table of Contents

Commentary 1
1. The Federal Courts, (Hot Springs, Virginia, August 6, 1908) 7
2. The Present Issues of the Two Great Parties, (Hot Springs, Virginia, August 21, 1908) 19
3. The Republican View of Labor, (Athens, Ohio, August 29, 1908) 31
4. Mr. Bryan's Claim to the Roosevelt Policies, (Sandusky, Ohio, September 8, 1908) 42
5. The Future of the Negro, (Cincinnati, Ohio, September 15, 1908) 52
6. In Defense of the Philippine Policy, (Norwood, Ohio, September 19, 1908) 58
7. The Republican Party: What It Has Done, (Cincinnati, Ohio, September 22, 1908) 68
8. The Railroads and the Courts, (Chicago, Illinois, September 23, 1908) 85
9. A Pledge of Tariff Reform, (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 24, 1908) 99
10. Postal Savings Banks and the Guaranty of Bank Deposits, (St. Paul, Minnesota, September 28, 1908) 107
11. Labor and the Writ of Injunction, (Topeka, Kansas, October 3, 1908) 122
12. The Debate of Lincoln and Douglass: A Look Backward, (Galesburg, Illinois, October 7, 1908) 126
13. The Solid South and Its Political Past, (Chattanooga, Tennessee, October 16, 1908) 133
14. Party Plans and Principles, (Newark, New Jersey, October 19, 1908) 142
15. Mr. Gompers, the Courts and Labor, (New York, New York, October 28, 1908) 153
16. A Few Words to Southern Democrats, (Augusta, Georgia, January 14, 1909) 168
17. The Winning of the South, (Atlanta, Georgia, January 15, 1909) 172
18. Hopeful Views of Negro Difficulties, (Atlanta, Georgia, January 16, 1909) 179
19. The Young Men's Christian Association, (Augusta, Georgia, January 17, 1909) 183
20. The Outlook of Negro Education, (Augusta, Georgia, January 19, 1909) 194
21. The Uniting of Whites and Negroes, (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 12, 1909) 199
22. The Learned Professions and Political Government, (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1909) 204
23. A Cheerful Review of Negro Activities, (New York, New York, February 23, 1909) 216
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