Progressivism, Political And Social Change By Theodore Roosevelt

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The main themes that I observed in this week’s materials were: Progressivism, political and social change, and a more executive focused government. In this time period, the United States underwent quite a few changes. Following President McKinley’s assassination in September of 1901, then Vice President Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th President and ushered in the Progressive era (Milkis and Nelson 229). Roosevelt was the first president to enter office with an agenda. He encouraged leadership that increased the reach of presidential influence and practiced as such (Milkis and Nelson 228). After a four-year hiatus between 1908 and 1912, Roosevelt decided to run for another term resulting in the presidential primaries and the first time one party held a majority in both the House and Senate in over fifty years (Milkis and Nelson 251). President Roosevelt’s coming into office created a good deal of anxiety for conservative leaders. Known for his progressive ideals, Roosevelt seemed to clash with his own party’s “patronage practices and pro-business policies” (Milkis and Nelson 229). However, like most progressives, Roosevelt had no quarrels with businesses or party interests. Quite the opposite, Roosevelt embraced industrialization, he simply advocated for government regulation (Milkis and Nelson) (Milkis and Nelson 229). In addition, Roosevelt …show more content…
As mentioned earlier, Theodore Roosevelt created a more executive centered government comparable to today’s presidency. He also introduced the idea of a government not just interested in but involved in social and economic issues (Milkis and Nelson 229-231). Woodrow Wilson introduced the president as being a “strong party leader” in order to break the barriers between the President and Congress, again something that can still be seen today. Without the Progressive Movement, the presidency that we know today could be very

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