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Which of the following is NOT considered a critical election?

William McKinley (1896)

Theodore Roosevelt (1904)

Abraham Lincoln (1860)

Franklin Roosevelt (1932)

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  1. Im guessing the 1st one?

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  2. IMO the 1904 elections was between two progressives, with very little distinction between them, both had policy beliefs that were progressive. Teddy was the last of Republican nomines who were "progressive". The 1904 election was finally based on personalities and Teddys Cuba experience.
    Teddy in his progressive ways, was the "conservation" advocate, he doubled the number of National Parks in just one term...that has not been done since, although our present President has made a few Historical Monuments to preserve them.
    Teddy's opponent Parker in the 1904 elections, it is not for certain if he would have been as agressive with the National Park system, but truth be known, no one had a clue what Teddy would have done, certainly not the conservative wing of his party, they would have went bananas over this. IMO

  3. the McKinley election was critical, it ended the four party system, and ended the bull moose movement.

  4. ok thanks

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  5. bob parsley is almost completely wrong. McKinley had died in 1901. The Bull Moose movement was Teddy Roosevelt's third-party run for president in 1912. McKinley's election was a continuation of an almost uninterrupted run of Republican domination of the White House that began with Lincoln. He was moderately progressive, but hardly revolutionary in any way. And Taft was also a progressive, succeeding T.R. in 1909 (1908 election). He actually got Congress to approve more Progressive legislation than T.R. did, but was at odds with T.R. over other policies and less popular, so he lost the 1912 election.

    I think McKinley's election was less "crucial" than the other choices. Nothing dramatic happened under his leadership except the Spanish-American war.

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