Class Notes

In 1900, the new century did not bring in new politics as the election that year was the exact same as the 1896 Election, McKinley V Bryan.  The only difference were the V.Ps.  The Democrats this time went with Adlai Stevenson to pacify the old school Cleveland Democrats who were not so excited about the change in the party direction.  The Republicans went with Teddy Roosevelt, mainly because he was a pain in the side of NY politicians and the party saw him as a loose cannon.  The best thing for TR, the party thought, was make him V.P. where he would have absolutely no power and would hopefully be forgotten. Unfortunately, for the party at least, an assassin’s bullet would change everything.

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