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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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The Valley of Vision

The Valley of Vision

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Theodore Roosevelt

Joshua David Hawley

Yale University Press

After losing to Woodrow Wilson in the presidential election of 1912, Theodore Roosevelt spent the next few years in a political wilderness and his Progressive Party eventually withered. Unable to turn his back on politics, Roosevelt returned reluctantly to the Republicans, although he was essentially without a party. In 1914, World War II broke over Europe, providing him an opportunity to display his warrior republicanism for the last time. The Wilson administration was reluctant to join the war in the beginning, an attitude that Roosevelt believed was a consequence of Wilson's progressivism. Wilson was reelected in November 1916 and promised to keep America out of war, crafting a foreign policy of national self-determination out of a politics of self-development. In 1918, Roosevelt received the tragic news that his son Quentin had been shot down by German fighter pilots behind enemy lines.

Keywords:   presidential election, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Progressive Party, politics, World War II, warrior republicanism, progressivism, foreign policy, national self-determination

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