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Strong as a bull moose. America Becomes a World Power. Strong as a Bull Moose. Roosevelt chooses not to seek re-election after his second term Roosevelt convinces the Republican party to nominate William Howard Taft

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Strong as a bull moose

Strong as a bull moose

America Becomes a World Power

Strong as a bull moose1
Strong as a Bull Moose

  • Roosevelt chooses not to seek re-election after his second term

  • Roosevelt convinces the Republican party to nominate William Howard Taft

  • Why did Roosevelt have the option to seek election to a third term as president?

Taft s achievements
Taft’s Achievements

  • Taft takes office in 1909

  • He has a difficult time dealing with Congress to get his agenda passed

  • Orders the breakup of Standard Oil

  • Demands restructuring of American Tobacco Company

  • Passes 16th Amendment (progressive income tax)

    • Reformers were not sure whether the average worker should pay or just the wealthy

Taft s achievements con t
Taft’s Achievements (con’t.)

  • Department of Labor (1913)

  • Department of Commerce (1913)

  • Communications companies under government control (FCC)

  • Campaign donations had to be made publicly

  • At times, Taft was accused of trying to undue Roosevelts conservation plans

Election of 1912
Election of 1912

  • Progressives did not feel that Taft supported reform

  • Roosevelt wants to run against Taft in 1912, but the Republican party nominates Taft

  • Roosevelt organizes a new political party, the Progressive Party (nicknamed Bull Moose because Roosevelt makes the statement: “I feel as strong as a bull moose!”)

Election of 1912 con t
Election of 1912 (con’t.)

  • Democratic Party nominates Woodrow Wilson

  • Wilson’s reform plan is called “New Freedom”

    • Rid country of all forms of trust companies

    • Wanted small companies to be able to compete

  • Roosevelts plan is called “New Nationalism”

    • Federal government should regulate big business

    • Government should limit workday hours

    • Government should set a minimim wage

    • Children, women, and injured required special protection by law

    • Expanded conservation

    • Women’s suffrage

Election of 1912 con t1
Election of 1912 (con’t.)

  • Taft and Roosevelt split the Progressive vote

  • Republican Widrow Wilson wins easily