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How Theodore Roosevelt Helped Create Progressive Politics

Monday, August 18, 2014

At the turn of the 20th century, the Republican Party was on the brink of an internal civil war. Following a devastating financial crisis, a new breed of politicians came to Washington—they vowed to overthrow the party leaders and purge Wall Street’s corrupting influence from Washington. While their opponents called them “radicals,” and “fanatics,” they called themselves Progressives. As their crusade gathered momentum, the country polarized, and the middle ground melted away. Michael Wolraich tells the story and looks at the role of President Theodore Roosevelt in finding compromise. His book Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics  takes us into the heart of the power struggle that created the progressive movement, and defined modern American politics.

Guests:

Michael Wolraich

Comments [3]

Linda

Obviously, "progressive" means different things to different people. If you actually read everything in this very short article, you will notice that the "progressives" wanted to get the rich people out of the government. In other words, they wanted to stop Congressmen, Supreme Court Justices, etc. from being bought by the wealthiest people in the country. It is just what we are facing now in the United States.

Aug. 20 2014 01:42 AM
David

People forget that the Soviet Union under Stalin was called "progressive."

Aug. 18 2014 10:13 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

"Progressive?" Progress towards what, anarchy and chaos? Maybe what we need is a Regressive movement?

Aug. 18 2014 01:31 PM

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