The election of 1912 signified a turning point in American history. Friends, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, competed against each other for the presidency. Though both progressive, they disagreed on how the country needed to run. Roosevelts ever increasing progressivism caused their stances on many important issues to be much different. Although, they did have some points on which they agreed. In what ways were Roosevelt 's and Taft 's stances on progressivism similar, and different?
Their stance on the trusts, for example, started out similar but soon deviated from each other. At first Roosevelt believed that the trusts needed to topple. Through out his presidency, though, he came to the conclusion that trust were inevitable. With this realization Roosevelt sought to make the trusts beneficial for the country. He sought to control the trusts to "allow for the 'highest economic efficiency. '" (pg. 102) Roosevelt began to show interest in the Charles Van Hise 's ideas. Roosevelt uses an "extensive quotation" (pg. 102) in his speech "A Confession of Faith" (pg. 86) T...
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