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Letter from John Sleicher to Theodore Roosevelt

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John Sleicher writes President Roosevelt about Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Sleicher thought it did not represent what he saw when he toured the plant with the owner.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Meat--Packing; Progressivism (United States politics)--Sources; Novelists, American--Books and reading; Armour and Company

Date: 1906-07-11

The false loves of chantecler

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Illustration shows President Taft as a rooster with members of his flock labeled "Tawney, Ballinger, Aldrich, [and] Cannon", as well as James S. Sherman, under his wings. In the background, on the left, the sun labeled "Progressive Policies" rises. Caption: But the sun will rise whether he forgets to crow or not.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Roosters; Allegiance; Deception; Political parties--Platforms; Progressivism (United States politics); Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930; Tawney, James Albertus, 1855-1919; Aldrich, Nelson W. (Nelson Wilmarth), 1841-1915; Cannon, Joseph Gurney, 1836-1926; Ballinger, Richard Achilles, 1858-1922; Sherman, J. S. (James Schoolcraft), 1855-1912

Date: 1910-04-13

Letter from Gifford Pinchot to Theodore Roosevelt

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If Gifford Pinchot cannot get the names engraved, he will send the bronze lion to Theodore Roosevelt. Though Roosevelt has doubts, Pinchot remains confident in the strength of progressive feeling in the nation but agrees that the Republican Party may be beaten in the New York state elections. Regardless of the outcome, Pinchot feels that Roosevelt can afford to be beaten on progressive issues but "cannot afford not to make the fight."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Engraving; Speeches, addresses, etc.; Elections--U.S. states; Progressivism (United States politics); States' rights (American politics); Meetings; California; Nebraska; New York (State); Minnesota--Saint Paul; Pinchot, Amos, 1873-1944

Date: 1910-08-18

The convention spring at Saratoga

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Illustration shows a "Medicinal Spring" with water labeled "A Clean-Cut Progressive Platform" flowing from a stone figure shaped like Theodore Roosevelt. "Sherman, Woodruff, Wadsworth, [and] Barnes" are standing by the spring, holding glasses, with dubious looks on their faces. Caption: You can lead them to the waters, but can you make them drink?

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Springs; Mineral waters; Political parties--Platforms; Progressivism (United States politics); Political conventions--U.S. states; Sherman, J. S. (James Schoolcraft), 1855-1912; Woodruff, Timothy L. (Timothy Lester), 1858-1913; Wadsworth, James Wolcott, 1877-1952; Barnes, William, 1866-1930; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1910-09-21

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Jonathan Bourne

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Theodore Roosevelt generally favors the initiative and referendum but cautions against forcing acceptance of these reforms. There is a wide range of views on these reforms, and Roosevelt wants progressive support to be broad-based before moving forward.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Initiative, Right of; Progressivism (United States politics); Referendum; Referendum--Public opinion; Bass, Robert P. (Robert Perkins), 1873-1960; Cummins, Albert Baird, 1850-1926; Stimson, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1867-1950; Fort, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1852-1920

Date: 1911-01-02

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Robert M. La Follette

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Theodore Roosevelt is in general accord with the Wisconsin platform and believes that Wisconsin has taken the lead in "practical efficiency of progressive state legislation." However, Roosevelt is not prepared to join the National Progressive Republican League as suggested by Senators La Follette and Bourne. States vary on the progress they have made towards progressive principles and Roosevelt prefers a broad platform that will give strength to the progressive movement and not surprise people into opposition. Given some time, Roosevelt believes that many people will gravitate towards progressive principles.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Progressivism (United States politics); Political parties--Platforms; Political clubs; Wisconsin; National Progressive Republican League; Bourne, Jonathan, 1855-1940

Date: 1911-01-03

Letter from Jonathan Bourne to Theodore Roosevelt

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Senator Bourne is pleased that Theodore Roosevelt is interested in the organization of the National Progressive Republican League but regrets that Roosevelt won't be joining the movement. Bourne defends the league's plans for implementing the initiative, referendum, and recall. There will be no effort to force the acceptance of these reforms and Bourne does not expect efforts for national acceptance for many years.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Referendum; Initiative, Right of; Recall; Progressivism (United States politics); National Progressive Republican League; La Follette, Robert M. (Robert Marion), 1855-1925

Date: 1911-01-11

Letter from Robert M. La Follette to Theodore Roosevelt

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Good progress has been made with the National Progressive Republican League and Senator La Follette regrets that Theodore Roosevelt has decided not to join. He agrees that some states are not ready for the entire progressive platform but he will press forward with educational and reform work; otherwise, it will take a generation to move the legislative program forward. The League is seeking uniformity for state constitutional amendments on the initiative, referendum, and recall. La Follette hopes that Roosevelt will eventually lend his "great name and influence" to the movement.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Progressivism (United States politics); Political clubs--Political activity; Political parties--Platforms; Constitutional amendments--U.S. states; Referendum; Recall; National Progressive Republican League

Date: 1911-01-19

Letter from Joseph M. Dixon to Theodore Roosevelt

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Senator Dixon is pleased that Theodore Roosevelt is willing to deliver a speech in Montana but suggests that the address be in Missoula instead of Helena. Missoula is politically progressive, has advantageous rail service, and has never had the opportunity to host Roosevelt.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Travel--Planning; Speeches, addresses, etc.; Progressivism (United States politics); Railroad travel; Montana--Missoula; Montana--Helena

Date: 1911-01-20

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Robert M. La Follette

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Theodore Roosevelt writes Senator La Follette stating he does not want to have a prominent part in any political movement but is willing to endorse the National Progressive Republican League in The Outlook.  Roosevelt has been trying to engage in politics like a private citizen, as an ex-president should, without claiming special status.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Press and politics; Ex-presidents; Political clubs; Progressivism (United States politics); National Progressive Republican League; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944; Johnson, Hiram, 1866-1945; Heney, Francis J. (Francis Joseph), 1859-1937

Date: 1911-01-24

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