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Theodore RooseveltPreacher of Righteousness$
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Joshua David Hawley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300120103

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300120103.001.0001

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A Prophet's Return

A Prophet's Return

(p.190) 10 A Prophet's Return
Theodore Roosevelt

Joshua David Hawley

Yale University Press

In the spring of 1910, Theodore Roosevelt returned to America from a year-long overseas sojourn. He received an invitation to speak at the dedication of the John Brown Memorial Park in Osawatomie, Kansas. Upon his return, Roosevelt found that the Republican Party was beset with intellectual strife and personal recriminations. William Howard Taft and the progressive insurgents were at odds, primarily over tariff reform—a knotty issue that Roosevelt had deliberately refused to address over his seven years in office. Roosevelt was planning to make himself the leader of the Republican insurgents and to unite the party by endorsing Taft. He wanted to portray himself as the party's indispensable man and perhaps run as a presidential candidate in 1916. As Roosevelt preached his new nationalism through the autumn of 1910, another would-be progressive leader tested a reform synthesis of his own: the Democrat Woodrow Wilson, who believed that the former president had mistaken the true promise of progressivism.

Keywords:   tariff, Theodore Roosevelt, Osawatomie, Kansas, Republican Party, William Howard Taft, reform, nationalism, Woodrow Wilson, progressivism

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