How was Woodrow Wilson's progressivism different from Theodore Roosevelt's?
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Although Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt were both progressives, there was a difference in their political visions. Wilson was much less interested in government intervention in the economy than Roosevelt was.
Roosevelt ran in 1912 on the platform of “New Nationalism.” He wanted to created strong regulatory agencies that would oversee business. He wanted things like a minimum wage that would use government power to help the people. By contrast, Wilson favored a “New Freedom” in which the government would lay a foundation for competition between small businessmen. Wilson wanted to break up the trusts but then get government out of the way so that fair competition could occur, leading to better outcomes without government intervention.
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