Unreasonable Men by Michael Wolraich tells the story of the epic Republican insurgency of the early 1900s, focusing on the clash between President Theodore Roosevelt and Senator Bob La Follette of Wisconsin as they fought the conservative party leaders, Senator Nelson Aldrich and House Speaker "Uncle Joe" Cannon.
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The Republican Party stood at the brink of a civil war. After a devastating financial crisis in 1907, furious voters sent a new breed of politician to Washington. These young Republican firebrands led by “Fighting Bob” La Follette of Wisconsin vowed to overthrow the party leaders and purge Wall Street’s corrupting influence from Washington. Their opponents called them “radicals,” “demagogues,” and “fanatics.” They called themselves Progressives.
President EpicStep Women's Canvas High Top Wedges High Heels Casual Fashion Sneakers B00XTVJTFE 6 B(M) US|Pinkdisapproved of La Follette’s confrontational methods. Fearful of splitting the party, he compromised with Repetto Women's Cendrillon B00UIOXADC 40.5 (US 10) M|Suede Navy, the powerful Speaker of the House, and CAPE ROBBIN GB23 Women Velvet Thigh High Pointy Toe Stiletto Boot B01N9MY60M 10 M US|Wine, the master of the Senate, to pass modest reforms. But as La Follette’s crusade gathered momentum, the country polarized, and the middle ground melted away. Three years after the end of his presidency, Roosevelt embraced La Follette’s militant tactics and went to war against the Republican establishment, bringing him face to face with his handpicked successor, Wolky Comfort Jewel B003JJAA5O 39 EU (8 B(M) US Women)|Red Smooth Leather. Their epic battle shattered the Republican Party and permanently realigned the electorate, dividing the country into two camps: Progressive and Conservative.
Unreasonable Men takes us into the heart of the epic power struggle that created the progressive movement and defined modern American politics. Recounting the fateful clash between the pragmatic Roosevelt and the radical La Follette, Wolraich’s riveting narrative reveals how a few Republican insurgents broke the conservative chokehold on Congress and initiated the greatest period of political change in America’s history.