Note: All page references are based on the 12th edition of the Brinkley text.
To what factors does Brinkley attribute the significant popularity of Theodore Roosevelt as President of the United States?
Discuss Theodore Roosevelt’s personal background leading up to his assumption of the presidency.
Ultimately, what were Roosevelt’s attitudes toward change and reform?
What was Roosevelt’s vision of the role of the federal government and the president?
With what wing of the progressives did Roosevelt ally himself?
What general concept was at the heart of Roosevelt’s policy regarding government, capital and labor? What was his rationale behind that concept?
Discuss the actions that Roosevelt took with regarding to breaking up trusts.
Discuss Roosevelt’s handling of the Coal Strike of 1902. Based on this incident, how did Roosevelt view his own position with regard to conflicts between labor and management?
What was the Square Deal? How did the name come into being? Outline some of the key pieces of legislation included under the heading of the Square Deal and how they came to be. Ultimately, how did Roosevelt’s Square Deal policies affect his relationship with the Republican Party?
What concerns did Roosevelt maintain regarding America’s natural resources and wilderness areas?
Discuss Roosevelt’s relationship to the conservation movement and naturalists.
Who was Gifford Pinchot?
Discuss the Panic of 1907.
Compare and contrast the personalities and governing styles of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.
Outline the reasons why Taft’s standing among progressives deteriorated during his presidency.
Discuss the Pinchot-Ballinger controversy. According to Brinkley, what did that controversy actually represent?
For what reasons did Theodore Roosevelt return to active politics around 1910?
Briefly outline the key pieces of legislation passed during Wilson’s presidency. As you formulate your response, discuss how Wilson was able to achieve such a successful legislative agenda.
Discuss Wilson’s legislative actions with regard to trusts. In your response be sure to note specific laws passed during Wilson’s presidency and how he reacted to them.
Brinkley states: “By the fall of 1914, Wilson believed that the program of the New Freedom was essentially complete and . . .he himself began a conspicuous retreat from activism.” In what ways did Wilson retreat into more conservative policies?