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American Progressivism: A Reader by Ed. by Ronald J. Pestritto and William J. Atto.

By Ed. by Ronald J. Pestritto and William J. Atto.

American Progressivism is a one-volume variation of a few of crucial essays, speeches, and ebook excerpts from the prime figures of nationwide Progressivism. it's designed for school room use, comprises an available interpretive essay, and introduces every one choice with a short old and conceptual history. The introductory essay is written with the scholar in brain, and addresses the $64000 features of innovative proposal and the position of Progressives within the improvement of the yank political culture. scholars of yank political proposal, American politics, American background, the presidency, Congress, and political events will locate this reader to be a useful resource for perception into Progressivism.

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In the following speech, delivered in Louisville in April, he identifies Taft with the forces of privilege arrayed against authentic progressives who champion the measures of direct democracy necessary to restore popular control of government. In his recent speech at Philadelphia President Taft stated that he was a Progressive, and this raises the question as to what a Progressive is. More is involved than any man’s say-so as to himself. A well-meaning man may vaguely think of himself as a Progressive without having even the faintest conception of what a Progressive is.

Who Is a Progressive? 37 For this purpose we believe in securing for the people the direct election of United States Senators, exactly as the people have already secured in actual practice the direct election of the President. We believe in securing for the people the right of nominating candidates for office, from the President down, by direct primaries, because the convention system, good in its day, has been twisted from its purpose, so that the delegates to the conventions, when chosen under the present methods by pressure of money and patronage, often deliberately misrepresent instead of representing the popular will.

It is less well known that, in advocating the independent regulatory power of national administration, Roosevelt was actually giving concrete political shape to an idea that had long since been brought into America by Wilson, Roosevelt’s opponent in the 1912 campaign. As a subsequent section of this chapter will show, Wilson’s criticism of the New Nationalism reflected the essential tactics of the campaign much more than it did any principled difference between the two candidates on the question of national administrative power.

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