By. The honorable Demarcko Edwards
Theodore Roosevelt's early life
Roosevelt's political stance
His contribution to his time
- Trust-Busting - While TR was the US Attorney General, he went after large corporations with a ferocious intensity. While he was president, the aggressive enforcement of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act continued under his tutelage. In fact, he saw himself as a "steward" to all people -- laborers and wealthy alike. Legally and politically speaking, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act was an unprecedented use of the federal power to regulate interstate commerce. We have TR to thank for aggressively using federal power to govern.
- Expansion of Executive Power - Trust-busting is just one expample of how TR expanded the Executive Branch's powers. He used his executive powers to establish national parks. TR was also known to exercise his personal charisma to wrangle reform from Congress. (He didn't have a very high opinion of Congress.)
- Interventionist Foreign Policy - TR started the tradition of interventionist foreign policy. When a revolution in Panama put the Canal up for grabs, TR seized upon that opportunity to establish an American right-of-way. He even negotiated the end of the Russo-Japanese war and won a Nobel Peace Prize for his troubles. He was the first world leader to submit a complaint to the Hague, legitimizing international law.
- Consumer Protection (Food) - he advocated and helped pass the Meat Inspection and Food and Drug Acts.
- National Parks - TR transferred millions acres (!) to the federal government for wildlife and nature conservation. He was truly the first (and perhaps the only) "environmentalist" in office.
- Agencies - He set up the Departments of Commerce and Labor.
- Naval Power - TR, as the Commander-in-Chief, built up the Navy to a point where America had one of the best Navies in the world. An invaluable legacy during WWI and WWII.
- Formation of a Short-Lived 3rd Party (*) - When Taft, TR's protege, didn't follow in TR's reformist path, TR left the Republican party and formed the Progressive Party. Under the Progressive/Bull-Moose banner, TR ran for presidency against Taft and Woodrow Wilson. Many historians think that TR siphoned away so many votes from Taft that Wilson ended up winning the Presidency. Just think, TR did it better than Nader.
Are the effects of his administration still felt today
Was he a Good president?
what did his opponents say?
what are some things you can learn from his presidency?
Quotes from his presidency.
2. “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”
3.“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
4. “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”