Election of 1912

Who were the candidates?What were the issues?Vote!Who won?What happened?

What were the issues?

Roosevelt - Johnson campaign poster

Roosevelt and Johnson campaign poster proclaiming the platform for the Progressive Party

Roosevelt challenged Taft because he believed Taft was too conservative and not progressive enough. The Republicans re-nominated Taft, so Roosevelt and his supporters formed the Progressive Party, and he was chosen as its candidate for President.  While accepting his nomination, he told reporters that he felt "as fit as a bull moose," leading to this third party candidacy nickname, Bull Moose Party.

Debs acceptance speech pamphlet

Pamphlet reprinting acceptance speech of Eugene Debs, Socialist Party candidate

The election was largely between Roosevelt and Wilson.  The incumbent, Taft, was never really a contender.  Some of the major issues included trusts, women's suffrage, and tariffs:  Wilson proposed the elimination of big, monopolistic businesses (trusts). Roosevelt wanted to preserve the trusts but regulate them. Wilson believed that each state should decide the issue of whether women should have the right to vote.  Roosevelt openly campaigned on behalf of women's suffrage. Wilson criticized tariffs, or taxes on goods imported to America, as being a special interest program for big business. Roosevelt supported tariffs, believing they helped protect wages.

Who would you have voted for?

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