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History Hijinks Book Club

Monday, June 6, 2011

7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: FREE

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Trustees Room, 3rd floor

June 6 - Four Hats in the Ring: The 1912 Election and the Birth of Modern American Politics by Lewis L. Gould

History HiJinks is the name of our wonderful book club at the Providence Public Library. Always informative and entertaining, we meet once a month (usually the first Monday night) from 7:00-8:00pm. We’re big fans of the democratic process and welcome new members regardless of their history background. To register, please call or email Nancy: nancycallanan@cox.net; 401-787-4152. For more information, check out our blog

Four Hats in the Ring: The 1912 Election and the Birth of Modern American Politics by Lewis L. Gould

The presidential election of 1912 saw a third-party candidate finish second in both popular and electoral votes. The Socialist candidate received the highest percentage of the popular vote his party ever attained. In addition to year-round campaigning in the modern style, the 1912 contest featured a broader role for women, two exciting national conventions, and an assassination attempt on Roosevelt's life. The election defined the major parties for generations to come as the Taft-Roosevelt split pushed the Republicans to the right and the Democrats' agenda of reform set them on the road to the New Deal.

Lewis L. Gould, one of America's preeminent political historians, tells the story of this dramatic race and explains its enduring significance. Basing his narrative on the original letters and documents of the candidates themselves, he guides his readers down the campaign trail through the factional splits, exciting primaries, tumultuous conventions and the turbulent fall campaign to Wilson's landslide electoral vote victory in November.

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