1912: Bull Moosers, Socialists, and the Election that Changed America

November 6, 2014

How much should the government do to curb the power of corporate capital? What restrictions should America place on foreign immigration? How should the nation respond to poverty and income inequality? Should the US be involved in foreign wars? All of these questions drove the extraordinary four-way race of 1912 between a Democrat, a Republican, a Socialist, and a former President — Teddy Roosevelt — who split from his party to run as an insurgent reformer. The results shifted the political balance of power and opened up new debates about the relationship between government and business, rich and poor, and America and the world.

Margaret O’Mara