His204: American History Since 1865

At the end of industrialization, many people realized the need for reform,   Many efforts to improve the issues of the American society were attempted in the 18th and 19th centuries, but none were as successful in reforming all that needed to be corrected in the United States until the Progressive movement. In order to correct years of damage and improve work conditions, race relations, equality, political justice, and many other societal issues the progressive moment was born. Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, both ran for presidency with progressive promises, however their personal agendas towards progressivism differed.   In this paper I will review the complex nature of Progressivism, and will discuss Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilsons progressive philosophies and how they differed and were similar. I will also explore how presidents polices differ from their rhetoric on the campaign trail while in office.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, America was burdened by a significant amount of internal and external issues, and appeared gridlocked on how to move forward.   It was clear that a strong leader was needed to turn the country around.   The People’s Party wanted to limit the power of corporations, attack government corruption, and arrange for federal ownership of the nation’s railroad, telegraph, and telephone industries. They also favored the passage of new tax laws and restrictions on immigration to the United States. (Hillstrom, 2009).
The top candidates for this movement were Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Both candidates believed in the need for change; however some of their personal agendas were different.

Roosevelt was a Progressive Republican, Wilson was a Democrat. Roosevelt was a doer and a fighter. If he had an agenda and a plan he ran with it and put it into motion without hesitation. He believed in the strength of our country and military. He believed in change and equality...