California's Prodigal Sons: Hiram Johnson and the Progressives, 1911-1917

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4
THE "BULL MOOSE" CAMPAIGN

After Hiram Johnson was elected governor of their state, California progressives became anxious to find another Republican who could replace President Taft in 1912. Taft, personally selected by Roosevelt to carry on in the progressive tradition, had failed to achieve the pending shift in party control from the Old Guard to the insurgents. By finally aligning himself with the reactionaries he had alienated progressives across the nation.1

Like most progressives, those in California were astonished by Taft's desertion of the insurgents on the tariff question and were outraged when he signed the Payne- Aldrich tariff bill of 1909.2 Taft was further discredited in the eyes of California's progressives when, in the Alaskan lands controversy of 1910, he supported his secretary of the interior, Richard A. Ballinger, rather than Gifford Pinchot, leader of the anti-Ballinger forces and a man of immense popularity in California.

Moreover, Taft's visit to California in October, 1911

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents x
  • 1 - The Genesis of Reform 1
  • 2 - "A Fight Against the Interests" 20
  • 3 - Onward Christian Capitalists 34
  • 4 - The "Bull Moose" Campaign 57
  • 5 - Acceptance and Rejection In 1913 70
  • 6 - Mutiny and Party Discord 92
  • 7 - The Declining Years 104
  • 8 - Disintegration and Deadlock 117
  • 9 - Blunder Begets Blunder 128
  • 10 - The Initial Response 145
  • 11 - The Final Response 156
  • 12 - An Appraisal 169
  • Appendix I 183
  • Appendix II 185
  • Appendix III 187
  • Index 243
  • Index 245
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