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Four hats in the ring : the 1912 election and the birth of modern American politics

Author: Lewis L Gould
Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, ©2008.
Series: American presidential elections.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: Imagine a presidential election with four well-qualified and distinguished candidates and a serious debate over the future of the nation! Sound impossible in this era of attack ads and strident partisanship? It happened nearly a century ago in 1912, when incumbent Republican William Howard Taft, former president Theodore Roosevelt running as the Progressive Party candidate, Democratic nominee  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
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Gould, Lewis L.
Four hats in the ring.
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2008
(OCoLC)608484110
Online version:
Gould, Lewis L.
Four hats in the ring.
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2008
(OCoLC)631996738
Named Person: Theodore Roosevelt; William H Taft; Woodrow Wilson; Eugene V Debs; Roosevelt; Taft; Wilson; Debs; Eugene V Debs; Theodore Roosevelt; William H Taft; Woodrow Wilson; Eugene V Debs; Theodore Roosevelt; William H Taft; Woodrow Wilson
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lewis L Gould
ISBN: 9780700615643 0700615644 9780700618569 0700618562
OCLC Number: 180756978
Description: xvii, 235 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The new year--
1912 --
Progressive politics, 1909-1910 --
Prelude to the presidential race, 1911 --
Roosevelt versus Taft in 1912 --
Woodrow Wilson against the Democratic field --
A Socialist celebrity runs for president --
The Bull Moose challenge to the major parties --
The clash of ideas.
Series Title: American presidential elections.
Other Titles: 4 hats in the ring
Responsibility: Lewis L. Gould.
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