100 Years Ago Today - 23 July 1912
One hundred years ago today, 23 July 1912, out of Medford, Oregon, the Medford Mail Tribune, we discover more about the "Bull Moose" party and Colonel Teddy Roosevelt.
Bull Moose Is Vigorous, Says Colonel Teddy, New York, July 23, 1912 -- Pepper Colonel Roosevelt enthusiastically greeted his workers when he arrived at progressive headquarters with the following, "I see the bull moose is a very vigorous animal. The new party is the people's party. It is a protest against the corruption and insincerity controlling both the dominant parties. Our party differs from those existing in that it will be the party of equal opportunity."
Colonel Roosevelt goes on to say, "I think Barnes, Penrose, Guggenheim and Company made a poor swap when they exchanged the delegates from California for the complete electoral vote of California. They made another bad bargain when they exchanged the electoral vote of Massachusetts for two Massachusetts delegates to the convention at Chicago."
"Barnes and Murphy are willing to divide things in New York, each to take half, But we intend to take the state from both and also to take the nation from the bosses. We intend that the government shall become what it was intended to be -- a government of equal opportunity for all where all shall have the same treatment and not be forced to seek their rights through the employment of a boss or through a party organization," says Colonel Roosevelt.
On the second page of this same newspaper was the headlines of "Bull Moose In South Is White." The story came out of Jackson, Mississippi, July 23, 1912 -- "Following the cancellation of plans for a progressive republican convention to be attended by both white and negro republicans it was announced here today that the progressive party in Mississippi is to be soley a white man's party. It is understood that Senator Dixon of Montana. Colonel Roosevelt's campaign manager urged Lily Whitism."
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