Woodrow Wilson's Presidency

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How were the goals of Wilson's New Freedom similar to or different from Roosevelt's New Nationalism? 

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The goal of Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom was similar to Theodore Roosevelt's New Nationalism in that both of these were programs for change. In essence, they both sought to change the status quo when it came to how government, the economy, and society operated and interacted.

The goals of Wilson’s New Freedom were similar to Roosevelt’s New Nationalism in that the average worker and small businesses and small farmers were an essential part of a vision for the country. Woodrow Wilson desired to see small business and the everyday common worker flourish, without being pawns of the banks, the trusts, as well as tariffs.

“Tariffs protected the large industrialists at the expense of small farmers.” (U.S. History – Pre-Columbian to the New Millennium – 43g. Woodrow Wilson’s New Freedom - http://www.ushistory.org/us/43g.asp).

Therefore, Wilson sought to give “new freedom” to such as small farmers, among others. He did not want them to be slaves of policies that protected huge corporations, while they languished away on their farm properties. In addition, The Clayton Antitrust Act Of 1914 was instituted to help the average laborer in the nation. The Act exempted labor unions from antitrust suits. In addition, the Act proclaimed boycotts, strikes, as well as peaceful picketing legal.

Theodore Roosevelt’s New Nationalism was his approach to molding an effective business, social, political, and economic integrated environment within the U.S. Roosevelt’s concern was putting a stop to corrupt practices by special interest groups. He was, overall, looking for an overhaul of civil society, economics, and politics. Roosevelt believed in regulating corporations somewhat.

Roosevelt sees human history as a Darwinian struggle between “the men who possess more than they have earned and the men who have earned more than they possess”…The essence of the struggle then “is to equalize opportunity, destroy privilege, and give to the life and citizenship of every individual the highest possible value...

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