The colorful, dramatic, and surprising story of four crucial months in Teddy Roosevelt's 1912 campaign that fundamentally altered the American political process. Between February 24, 1912, when TR came out of political retirement to challenge William Howard Taft for the Republican Party's nomination for president, and June 23 of that year, Roosevelt and his supporters created and benefited from thirteen new presidential primaries, the first in the nation's history. Stressing the importance of primaries, TR's campaign theme became "the right of the people to rule." Though Roosevelt won about 70 percent of the delegates selected by public vote, it was not enough to overcome the power of party bosses and entrenched interests. He walked out of the convention to create the Bull Moose Party but then shocked many of his strongest supporters by excluding all black delegates from the Deep South. Let the People Rule shows how the political and social turmoil of that landmark year changed politics in ways that provide important lessons for America today.
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"The Republican Party is in chaos as it approaches its national convention, and a colorful, unpopular candidate appears to be a shoo-in for the nomination. Sound like today's headlines? Actually, this happened in 1912. With a television anchor's skill, narrator Joe Barrett explains that the unwanted candidate who split the Republican Party in two was (former) President Teddy Roosevelt. His opponent for the nomination was President William Howard Taft. In the end, Roosevelt's actions gave the election to the Democratic candidate, Woodrow Wilson. Modern-day political junkies will be shocked to learn that presidential politics were just as corrupt and complicated 100 years ago as they are today. Barrett manages to keep the dozens of real-life characters straight in this story, which shows the birth of the primary election system. M.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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