The 1912 Crucial Election

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The year 1912 brought one of the most important presidential elections in United States history. Four nominees confronted one another during this election: Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson, Progressive leader Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, Republican William Howard Taft, and Socialist Eugene Debs. This election also proved to be crucial as it brought forth new considerable and “substantive” discussions concerning the Union and its future. These issues included, whether government should expand democracy, apply more control over businesses, and how solve the labor conflict, among others. Each of the four major presidential candidates took a position on these issues, either choosing to support or oppose such changes. The presidential …show more content…
The final nominee in the 1912 Election was the Socialist Eugene Debs. Debs as a Socialist deeply cared for the needs of the worker and pledged to take the necessary steps to strengthen America’s working class. As a former Conventional Trade Unionist, Debs knew that reform was needed in order to change conditions for working Americans. “True socialists” however, differentiated themselves from “unionists” how sought for more industrial action than political action. Even though Roosevelt, Wilson and Debs seemed to express support to worker rights; each had his own position on the issue. Each advocated for different measures that would help the individual worker’s social needs as well financial needs. Taft, however, did not fully support the worker’s rights.
The issue of direct democracy was another important question during the election of 1912. Direct democracy concerned whether to expand the United States’ rule of democracy. Under the established democratic system, the people had very little active participation. However, the newly found ideals of direct democracy called for the “people to rule,” thereby increasing their role in the American government. Direct democracy included many ideas, but among the most important were the ideas of initiative, referendum, and recall. The initiative allowed a group of voters who obtained a certain number of signatures on a
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