Confronting American Maturity
This chapter looks into the career of Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924), especially in comparison to Roosevelt's tenure. Roosevelt and Wilson belonged to opposing political parties and exhibited strikingly different personalities, yet they were much in tune politically. And though Roosevelt retained the more Burkelike sensibility, the American president who outright said the most about Edmund Burke was Wilson himself. His introduction to Burke came early—as a college student he recognized Burke as one of the “greatest and truest” orators. And while Wilson was unable to create his own political opportunities as Roosevelt had done, he made up for it by becoming the foremost political scientist of his generation, and in the process he grew increasingly enamored of Edmund Burke.
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