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Abraham Lincoln. The 16th President by Josh Gregory

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Q 7/17/03 11:20 PM Page 50 WOODROW WILSON governor of the annexed Philippine Islands, and finally as Theodore Roosevelt’s secretary of war. A good-natured man, Taft did some positive things as president, especially in terms of breaking up large corporations that held monopolies over particular industries, called trusts. He made mistakes, however, by making enemies of other politicians. Some Republicans so disliked Taft that when their party nominated him to run for president in 1912, they left the Republican Party.

The four years which have elapsed since last I stood in this place have been A bitter debate followed, crowded with counsel and action of the but in the end Congress most vital interest and consequence. did as he asked. Perhaps no equal period in our history America then mobihas been so fruitful of important reforms in our economic and industrial life or so lized for war, moving very full of significant changes in the spirit quickly to build up its and purpose of our political action. We military.

An investigation revealed that the killer was a Bosnian who supported the Pan-Slavic cause and had been in communication with fellow nationalists in Serbia. Austria delivered an ultimatum to Serbia, which demanded that Serbia allow Austria to enter the country to apprehend the assassins and attack Pan-Slavic nationalism. The ultimatum essentially sought to reduce Serbia’s national independence. q 7/17/03 11:30 PM Page 59 ALLIED HERO: 1914 –1921 Serbia, of course, gave a negative reply, and Austria responded by declaring war on Serbia.

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