Woodrow Wilson's Presidency

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Compare Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt.

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The presidencies and lives of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson shared both similarities and differences. Together, they helped shape the presidency of the modern era.

Roosevelt, who served from 1901 to 1909, was the first 'modern' president. Wilson, who occupied the White House from 1913 to 1921, was also a 'modern' president. Modern presidents believe in a muscular domestic and foreign policy. They use the central government to solve problems in an active way. This trend continues in modern-day America.

Roosevelt and Wilson were both intellectuals. Roosevelt was the author of many books. Wilson was an educator who taught at universities and became president of Princeton.

Both men were also reformers. The Gilded Age of the late-nineteenth century was a period of rapid change for America. The railroads spanned the continent and vast new industries flourished. But many Americans were left out, and the country faced serious problems such as urban overcrowding and farmers' debts....

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