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jusabigkid | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 25, 2012 at 6:53 AM via web

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Why was the 1910 election was significant?

I have an exam on the this question; I can't seem to figure the exact answer out for it. I believe it is basically asking me about Taft and the Republicans. If somone could help me find a precise answer on this I would be very grateful!

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 25, 2012 at 7:25 AM (Answer #1)

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The 1910 election is perhaps most significant because it saw a Socialist elected to Congress for the first time in history.

This was a mid-term election during the Presidency of William Howard Taft, who had alienated many Republicans and supporters of Theodore Roosevelt. As a result, the Republicans were hopelessly divided and the Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives. More importantly, Victor L. Berger, a member of the Socialist Party of America was elected to Congress. Berger was elected from Wisconsin's Fifth Congressional District. He was re-elected to a later term, but because he had opposed World War One as had most Socialists, he was convicted of violating the Espionage Act of 1919. His conviction was later overturned; however because he was under indictment, the House of Representatives refused to seat him. He was promptly re-elected, however the House refused to seat him a second time.  

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