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The Resource Remaking the presidency : Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson, 1901-1916, Peri E. Arnold

Remaking the presidency : Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson, 1901-1916, Peri E. Arnold

Label
Remaking the presidency : Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson, 1901-1916
Title
Remaking the presidency
Title remainder
Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson, 1901-1916
Statement of responsibility
Peri E. Arnold
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In a period of American history marked by congressional primacy, presidential passivity, and hostility to governmental action, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson became iconic presidents through activist leadership. The author, a leading presidential scholar, goes beyond the biographers to explain what really set Roosevelt apart from his predecessor William McKinley, how Wilson differed from his successor Warren G. Harding, and how we might better understand the forgettable William Howard Taft in between. This is the first comparative study of the three Progressive Era presidents, examining the context in which they served, the evolving institutional role of the presidency, and the personal characteristics of each man. The author explains why Roosevelt and Wilson pursued activist roles, how they gained the means for effective leadership in a role that had not previously supported it, and how each of the three negotiated the choppy crosscurrents of changing institutions and politics with entirely different outcomes. The author delineates the American political scene at the turn of the twentieth century, one characterized by a weakening of party organizations, the rise of interest groups and print media, and increasing demands for reform. He shows how the Progressive Era presidents marked a transition from the nineteenth century's checks and balances to the twentieth's expansive presidential role, even though demands for executive leadership were at odds with the presidency's means to take independent action. Each of these presidents was uniquely challenged to experiment with the office's new potential for political independence from party and Congress, and the author explains how each had to justify their authority for such experimentation. He also shows how their actions were reflected in specific policy case studies: the Northern Trust and naval modernization under Roosevelt, tariff reform and the Pinchot/Ballinger debate over conservation under Taft, and the Federal Reserve and Federal Trade Commission under Wilson. Ultimately, Arnold shows how the period's ferment affected both the presidency and its incumbents and how they in turn affected progressive politics. More important, he helps us better understand two presidents who continue to inspire politicians of differing stripes and relates their leadership styles to the modern development of the presidency
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973.91092/2
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK2316
LC item number
.A76 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Remaking the presidency : Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson, 1901-1916, Peri E. Arnold
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [253]-263) and index
Contents
The progressive era and the presidency -- The political education of Theodore Roosevelt : partisan loyalty, reform, and the politics of self-display -- Constructing leadership to make history : anti-trust and the navy -- The political education of William Howard Taft : toward a brilliant career -- Improvising for continuity : the tariff and the blow-up at Interior -- The political education of Woodrow Wilson : interpretive leadership and expediency -- A parliamentary presidency : the tariff, bank reform, and anti-trust -- The progressive presidents and the modern presidency
Control code
ocn318443329
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 277 p.
Isbn
9780700616596
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009015242
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)318443329
Label
Remaking the presidency : Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson, 1901-1916, Peri E. Arnold
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [253]-263) and index
Contents
The progressive era and the presidency -- The political education of Theodore Roosevelt : partisan loyalty, reform, and the politics of self-display -- Constructing leadership to make history : anti-trust and the navy -- The political education of William Howard Taft : toward a brilliant career -- Improvising for continuity : the tariff and the blow-up at Interior -- The political education of Woodrow Wilson : interpretive leadership and expediency -- A parliamentary presidency : the tariff, bank reform, and anti-trust -- The progressive presidents and the modern presidency
Control code
ocn318443329
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 277 p.
Isbn
9780700616596
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009015242
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)318443329

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