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Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt

This era’s three presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, and Woodrow Wilson, presided over a federal government beginning to assert its power to regulate the national economy, tax citizens directly, legislate social policies for the protection of the relatively poor and powerless, and involve the U. S. as a great power in the conduct of international politics. Two of those presidents, Roosevelt and Wilson, also began to define the twentieth-century presidency as the source of legislative initiative, the head of a vastly expanded federal bureaucracy empowered to enforce regulations of its own making, and an office willing to push the constitutional limits of its authority.

Explain and discuss how Wilson and Roosevelt changed the role of the presidency in legislative initiatives and how they made the presidency more powerful during their terms in office.

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