1912 Republican Convention

Return of the Rough Rider

Theodore Roosevelt giving a campaign speech. (Bettmann/Corbis)
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That outcome would resonate for decades. In its week of controversy and recrimination in Chicago, the Republican Party became the party of smaller government and less regulation—and it held to these convictions through the New Deal of the 1930s and beyond.

Lewis L. Gould is the author of Four Hats in the Ring: The 1912 Election and the Birth of Modern American Politics.


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