Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary

Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary

by Geoffrey Cowan

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Overview

"The best new discussion of the primary system." —Jill Lepore, author of These Truths

In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt came out of retirement to challenge William Howard Taft for the Republican nomination. TR seized on the campaign theme “Let the People Rule”—a cry echoed in today’s elections—and through the course of his run helped create thirteen new primaries. Though he won most of the primaries, party bosses proved too powerful, and Roosevelt walked out of the convention to create his own Bull Moose Party—only to make the shocking political calculation to ban black delegates from his new coalition. In Let the People Rule, Geoffrey Cowan takes readers inside the dramatic campaign that changed American politics forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393249859
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/31/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 145,843
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Geoffrey Cowan, former president of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership at the University of Southern California, is the best-selling author of The People v. Clarence Darrow. He lives in Los Angeles.

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