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Reading Theodore Roosevelt’s “New Nationalism” Speech | A Primary Source Close Read w/ BRI

What should the balance of government intervention and economic liberty be in a capitalist society? BRI Senior Teaching Fellow Tony Williams and guest Stephen Tootle, Professor of History at the College of the Sequoias, examine this question by looking through the eyes of Theodore Roosevelt in his speech, "The New Nationalism" (1910). They break down Roosevelt's views on government regulation of the economy and society against a backdrop of American industrialization, progressivism, and the rise of big business.