Tariff Politics and the GOP Split

tafticemanforcanada.jpg (23748 bytes) Puck, Feb. 18, 1911
Thus in addition to the sharp disagreements over the tariff that had fueled partisan debate over the years, tariff politics--and the conflicting values about the nature of the American political economy that those politics represented--led directly to the splintering of the Republican party and the eventual election of Woodrow Wilson.
Taft tried in vain to take some of the politics out of the tariff by advocating a Tariff Commission to provide expert policy.  This Tariff Commission (it eventually became the International Trade Commission), however, proved itself to be a subject of controversy.