The Election of 1912 and the Administration of Woodrow Wilson

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Only two candidates played a significant role in the four-way presidential campaign of 1912. The unusual thing about this was that neither of the two was the incumbent president, William Howard Taft. In 1908 Taft had been elected president with the support of Theodore Roosevelt; however, by 1912 the two men had broken, dividing the Republican Party. The liberal governor of New Jersey, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, was the Democratic Party's choice, while Roosevelt campaigned as the candidate of the Progressive, or Bull ...
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Only two candidates played a significant role in the four-way presidential campaign of 1912. The unusual thing about this was that neither of the two was the incumbent president, William Howard Taft. In 1908 Taft had been elected president with the support of Theodore Roosevelt; however, by 1912 the two men had broken, dividing the Republican Party. The liberal governor of New Jersey, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, was the Democratic Party's choice, while Roosevelt campaigned as the candidate of the Progressive, or Bull Moose, Party. In The Election of 1912 and the Administration of Woodrow Wilson, noted historian and Wilson biographer August Heekscher provides an overview of this crucial election.

A discussion of the presidential election of 1912 and the subsequent administration of Woodrow Wilson, based on source documents.

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Gr 8 Up-Each of these well-organized titles begins with an introduction by Schlesinger describing the electoral process and how it has changed over time. The first chapter presents an overview of the issues in each election and the candidates. Pivotal campaign (and other) speeches and party platforms are included, along with a "Facts at a Glance" section about the winning candidate, his vice president and cabinet, notable events during the administration, and a map of the election results. Later chapters include inaugural addresses, presidential speeches and letters, and important events in the administration. Further reading suggestions are broken down into general reference, political Americana, and specific titles about the president. While Russell Freedman's Lincoln: A Photobiography (Clarion, 1987) gives a more complete picture of the man and his presidency, there is much that report writers will appreciate in these thorough and attractive volumes.-Ann Joslin, Erie County Public Library, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
The Election of 1912 17
Facts at a Glance 32
The New Nationalism 37
Taft Accepts the Nomination 47
Progressive Party Platform of 1912 65
Debs's Speech to the Socialist Party 73
Wilson's Inaugural Address 81
Declaration of Neutrality 87
Wilson's Warning Messages to Germany 91
Wilson's Second Inaugural Address 99
Wilson's War Message 105
The Fourteen Points 115
Constitutional Amendments 121
Further Reading 122
Index 124
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