Theodore Roosevelt New Nationalism

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On August 31, 1910, former President Theodore Roosevelt visited Osawatomie, Kansas to give a speech and participate in a memorial dedication. (Hennessy, 1910). Roosevelt had declined to run for re-election to the presidency in 1908, deciding to exit politics and go on a yearlong African safari (Ellis, 2001, p. 284). Frustrated with President Taft’s actions, Roosevelt reentered political life in 1910 (Mowry, 1939). In the Osawatomie address, Roosevelt introduced his idea for a New Nationalism. Many of the speech’s components became the bedrock of the Bull Moose campaign used by the Progressive Party in the 1912 election (Spring, 1970). In the address, Roosevelt compares the struggle for economic equality to the one for abolition of slavery…show more content…
Roosevelt felt President Taft was too conservative and pro-business (Robinson, 2003). In reaction to that, he met with Progressive leaders after returning from Africa and began plotting a political comeback (Robinson, 2003). I will be analyzing the first 16 paragraphs of the New Nationalism address. I chose to focus on this excerpt because Roosevelt strays from the topic of income inequality in the rest and proposes 17 other reforms. He covers education, foreign policy, and other political issues as he continues speaking. These things would not have gotten adequate focus if I had attempted to analyze the entire address. Roosevelt addressed a crowd of 30,000 people in Osawatomie on August 31, 1910. (La Forte, 1966, p.187). He spoke outside after the John Brown memorial dedication (Hennessy, 1910). When he arrived, the audience greeted him with chants of “Hello, Teddy!” and enthusiastically cheered the speech at its conclusion (La Forte, 1996, p.196). Roosevelt stood on a kitchen table in front of the crowd and spoke for one and a half hours (La Forte, 1996, p. 196). Kansas’ governor, Walter Stubbs, joined Roosevelt on the table after the speech and declared, “We have just heard one of the greatest pronouncements for human welfare ever made. This is one of the big moments in the history of the United States!" (La Forte, 1996, p. 197) Since there
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