The Progressive Ascendance: The Elections of 1912 and 1932


Two elections had more impact on creating the modern United States then any other for the last century. These two elections provided for the formation of the modern America and its transformation from a great power to the sole superpower in the world. It was these two elections, 1912 and 1932, that witnessed the transformation of progressivism from a once-little loved ideal into the mainstream position it held for most of the last century. In the election of 1912, each of the major political candidates espoused views that had their origins in the Progressive movement. The candidacies of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and William Taft all shared progressive thoughts in their party platforms; twenty years later those same ideas coalesced into Franklin D. Roosevelt’s monumental election. The elections of 1912 and 1932 formed the basis of modern American liberalism and helped to shape the United States into the modern state that it is today.

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Spring 2015


Thomas H. Appleton

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History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

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