“It’s a long way off but worth remembering that TR’s challenge to Taft for the 1912 Republican nomination is what launched presidential primaries and that Ronald Reagan ran a serious campaign against an incumbent Republican president in 1976. History may have a lot to teach us as we enter into the next delegate selection season,” writes Geoffrey Cowan in his March article published by the History News Network.

In “The Disturbing Factor that Shapes Our Attitudes About the Electoral College, Primaries, and Direct Democracy“, Cowan discusses democracy skeptics, the impact of the electoral college on the 2016 general election, and the challenges of popular government. Cowan situates his claims about the trajectory of American democracy in a positive narrative taken directly from his recent book on Theodore Roosevelt, Let the People Rule.