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How did Woodrow Wilson win the elcetion of 1912 , and how di

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The Election of 1912
How did Woodrow Wilson winning the election of 1912 , and how did this affect America in the years to come?
The Republican party had a disagreement in policies, and so two candidates ran in the 1912 election. William H. Taft ran as the for the Republicans and Theodore Roosevelt ran for the Progressive party, nicknamed the "Bull Moose Party". The candidacy of these two men led to a split in the Republican voter base. The split allowed the less popular Democratic party to win the election of 1912. America changed forever through Wilson's policies and diplomacy.
The split in the Republican party lead to Woodrow Wilson winning the 1912 presidential election
27.4 percent of voters voted for Roosevelt and another 23 percent voted for Taft. If either man hadn't run that would have been 50.3 percent of the popular vote, and Wilson only received 42 percent(Evans). One can see that Wilson only won about 10 states by a large margin.

Theodore Roosevelt had been elected president by republicans in 1904. So when he ran in 1912 he got a many of the republican votes again. Wilson however was unaffected by Roosevelt's candidacy.
Wilson's Federal Reserve Act
Wilson's Second Term
Woodrow Wilson game a speech on April 2nd, 1917 about the necessity of America entering WWI, and America declared war on Germany just two days later. He outlined his 14 points concerning WWI and helped created the Home front act. At the end of WWI Wilson was the Paris Peace conference and later the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. If Wilson hadn't won the election of 1912 he would have never won the election of 1916, and the outcome of WWI could have changed. The Treaty of Versailles might have be different, and WWII might have never happened.
"We progressives stand for the rights of the people." -Theodore Roosevelt
"The conscience of the people, in a time of grave national problems, has called into being a new party, born of the Nation's awakened sense of justice. We of the Progressive Party here dedicate ourselves to the fulfillment of the duty laid upon us by our fathers to maintain that government of the people, by the people and for the people whose foundation they laid".("Progressive Party Documents").
Roosevelt created the Progressive party, which was based around the idea of helping the average American. Unfortunately some of his policies were similar to Taft's, and so be could not differentiate himself. This lead to two candidates with overlapping ideas competing for the same voters.
To provide for the establishment of Federal reserve banks, to furnish an elastic currency, to afford means of redistributing commercial paper, to establish a more effective supervision of banking in the United States, and for other purposes.
Once in office Wilson began putting in place many of his policies. They include the federal reserve act, antitrust policies, and policies concerning WWI.
The split of the Republican vote enabled Wilson to win with 6,296,547 votes to Roosevelt's 4,118,571 and Taft's 3,486,720(Smith).
Wilson couldn't have if not for the split of the Republican party. However with it he able to win the greatest percentage of the the popular vote. Also this gave him an almost clean sweep of the electoral college.
Wilson went to the Versailles Treaty negotiations and signed a treaty ending WWI. If someone else had been president WWI might have ended differently. This also allowed Wilson to propose his idea about the League of Nations, which gave way to today's United Nations.
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