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State of the Union Address   By: (1857-1930)

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In his book, State of the Union Address, William H. Taft offers a detailed analysis of the challenges and triumphs that shaped the United States during his presidency. Taft's eloquent writing style and comprehensive approach provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of the issues faced by the country at the time.

One of the notable strengths of this book is Taft's ability to outline his administration's policies and their impact on the nation's progress. He delves into various topics such as labor, foreign relations, taxation, and conservation, offering insight into the rationale behind his decisions. Readers will appreciate Taft's honesty and the clarity with which he presents his ideas, making complex political issues accessible and understandable.

Moreover, Taft's inclusion of his State of the Union addresses provides a firsthand account of his presidency. This enables readers to witness the dynamic relationship between the President and the different branches of government. Through these addresses, Taft conveys his vision for the country, his accomplishments, and his future plans, allowing readers to grasp the magnitude of his leadership and the era in which he governed.

Taft also demonstrates his expertise in international relations, providing a comprehensive analysis of the United States' interactions with other nations during his tenure. His insights into diplomacy and his efforts to establish positive relationships with foreign powers highlight the importance he placed on maintaining peace and stability in the international arena.

However, one possible shortcoming of the book is its limited coverage of the social issues that were prominent during Taft's presidency. While the author focuses on policies related to labor and taxation, there is relatively little discussion about civil rights, women's suffrage, or other critical societal advancements that emerged during this time. Including a more thorough examination of these issues would have made the book more balanced and provided a more comprehensive picture of the era.

Overall, State of the Union Address is a captivating read, especially for those interested in political history and the early 20th-century presidency. Taft's insights into the challenges faced by the nation and his attempts to address these issues make for engaging reading. While it may not offer an exhaustive account of all aspects of his presidency, the book provides valuable context and understanding of an influential period in American history.

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This eBook was produced by James Linden.

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Dates of addresses by William H. Taft in this eBook: December 7, 1909 December 6, 1910 December 5, 1911 December 3, 1912

State of the Union Address William H. Taft December 7, 1909

The relations of the United States with all foreign governments have continued upon the normal basis of amity and good understanding, and are very generally satisfactory. EUROPE.

Pursuant to the provisions of the general treaty of arbitration concluded between the United States and Great Britain, April 4, 1908, a special agreement was entered into between the two countries on January 27, 1909, for the submission of questions relating to the fisheries on the North Atlantic Coast to a tribunal to be formed from members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague.

In accordance with the provisions of the special agreement the printed case of each Government was, on October 4 last, submitted to the other and to the Arbitral Tribunal at The Hague, and the counter case of the United States is now in course of preparation.

The American rights under the fisheries article of the Treaty of 1818 have been a cause of difference between the United States and Great Britain for nearly seventy years... Continue reading book >>

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