In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: For the second time in as many weeks, Coolidge would make history as he crossed a series of significant cultural and political thresholds. American Indians across the nation had good reason to wonder whether Coolidge would help improve their situation.
From Modern Age Soon after becoming president inRonald Reagan surprised the press by removing the hallowed portrait of Harry Truman from the wall of the White House Cabinet Room and replacing it with one of Calvin Coolidge.
But the alleged line of descent from Coolidge to Reagan is doubtful in several ways. From where did the Reagan Revolution and its contemporary conservative heirs spring? Analyses from scholars, pundits, and activists alike usually begin somewhere in the s. Emphasis is placed on opposition to the bureaucratic regimentation of the New and Fair Deals and on the anti-communism that provided the grassroots backbone supporting the Cold War.
But what happened in between? One might ask what was going on during the first four decades of the twentieth century. It would be profitable to discover how Cold War conservatism related to earlier American political movements and ideological conflicts within the Republican Party.
Conservatism did not simply spring forth from the wit of William F. While Barry Goldwater was a political forerunner to Reagan in the s, Reagan also had conservative predecessors as far back as The link to Taft can be discerned with ease.
Unfortunately, Reagan was not deeply familiar with the history of ideas or movements—even his own. The McKinley-Root-Coolidge tradition was conservatism of a very different sort from the modern conservatism of Taft and Goldwater.
In contrast, the Taft-Goldwater tradition was quite Jeffersonian. Labels can be deceiving.
The conservative, standpat, reactionary, Old Guard Republicans of the s and s became the liberal, progressive, modern, Middle Way Republicans of the s and s. The labels changed—in fact they did a degree turn—but the ideas stayed constant: And the seat of this sort of Republicanism stayed the same: They did not want a wall of separation between government and business.
Yes, they loved capitalism. No, they did not love free enterprise. Government and business were to be partners. Regulation was eventually accepted at the federal level because it could be coopted by the biggest corporations to drive out smaller competitors and to lend them a helping hand courtesy of the taxpayers.
Historian Gabriel Kolko details the institutionalization of the big business-big government alliance in The Triumph of Conservatism. He is using the c-word in its original Hobbesian and Hamiltonian sense.
Calvin Coolidge practiced state capitalism, which was arguably a mild non-dictatorial form of fascism, not laissez-faire. This is not surprising given his dependence on the international banking firm of J.
Following the lead of Morrow, Coolidge was willing to accept the League without any reservations. Johnson was a true ancestor of the Taft-Goldwater movement, and echoes of his campaigns could be heard from Pat Buchanan in the s.
The La Follette liberalism of the s was converted into the Taft conservatism of the s. The conversion was not total and modern conservatism included other elements in addition to agrarian-based, Jeffersonian liberalism, but Robert Taft was much closer to Robert La Follette than to Elihu Root or Calvin Coolidge.
La Follette was a Republican congressman from Wisconsin from togovernor of Wisconsin from toand a U. He came in second, ahead of the elitist Democratic nominee, in eleven states.
Taft was a Republican U.Calvin Coolidge was a president who wasn’t really known for as much as what he did, as what he didn’t do. So why was Calvin Coolidge known as the “do-nothing” president?
The road to presidency was not a hard road for Coolidge to come by. The conventional wisdom on the thirtieth president is anchored in two books–Calvin Coolidge: The Man Who is President () and A Puritan in Babylon: The Story of Calvin Coolidge (), plus several essays and articles, totaling more than pages, by Kansas journalist and .
Essays, Papers & Addresses. Calvin Coolidge and Race: His Record in Dealing with the Racial Tensions of the s I don’t know how many American citizens have had an official say to them, ‘I’d like to have you meet the President.’ (or send it back to committee).
Senate President Calvin Coolidge intervened. He did not normally. From Modern Age (Fall ).. Soon after becoming president in , Ronald Reagan surprised the press by removing the hallowed portrait of Harry Truman from the wall of the White House Cabinet Room and replacing it with one of Calvin Coolidge.
Aptly illustrating the faith in American business in the s is this photo of President and Mrs. Coolidge in welcoming members White published this essay on Americans’ embrace of business as a national ideal, satirizing that what he had to say was nothing vague or The.
Calvin Coolidge The s was a boisterous, hectic time in American history. After President Warren G. Harding’s corrupt administration, Coolidge was perfect to succeed him to the presidency.