In 1912 presidential campaign saw issues raised that raised questions about the future of American democracy, the future shape of the American economy, and the relationship between the federal government and American citizens.  The candidates addressed matters that arose from widespread desires to either to reform the nation or to change the American system fundamentally.

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Conservation of Natural Resources

Direct Democracy

The Labor Question

The Race Problem

The Tariff

The Trusts and Regulation of Business

Votes for Women

Underlying the campaign issues was widespread popular concern with the cost of living, as the nation experienced inflation in the new century.

Prohibition was a big issue in American life in 1912 (and before as well as after). The four party platforms of 1912 did not directly address prohibition, however.