Theodore Roosevelt

by: Ally Tyler

Biography

Roosevelt was born on October 27th 1858 in New York City. He was homeschooled because of illnesses and found his love for animals, weightlifting, and boxing. Theodore went to Columbia Law School and married Alice Hathway Lee. All though he went to Law school he didn't attend it long, he left to join the New York Assembly as a representative. Roosevelt got elected president after McKinley was assassinated. He died on January 6, 1919.

Political Philosophy

Roosevelt was Republican but today many people would compare him to a liberal democrat. One of his views was that he wanted everything to be equal like religion, giving women the right to vote, and he supported the desegregation in the South. He also was an advocate for natural environments he created the National Park Systems. Also, one of his philosophies was that businesses should be a strict state regulation.

Imperialism

When the term imperialism was introduce President Roosevelt was all for it. The imperialism acts that he took was that he wanted to secure ports and colonies to make America gain power in the military and trade. After the Spanish-American War the US was given the power to intervene in Cuban affairs and treaties. Roosevelt's decisions lead to expansion of global dominance and military powers. The US was involved in foreign affairs, trade regulations, and legacy because of the need of expansion.

Portsmouth Treaty

This treaty is one of the best peace negotiations in the history and it ended the Russo- Japanese War. The terms of the treaty was that Russians had to recognize Japan as the power in Korea and had to turn over control of Port Arthur, Liaodong Peninsula, and the southern half of Sakhalin island to Japan. The treaty was mediated by Roosevelt.

Big Stick Diplomacy

The Big Stick Diplomacy was an approach to foreign policy his saying was "Speak Softly and carry a big stick- you will go far." The theory was that the leaders strive for peace but also remind other nations of the power its military has. In the saying big stick meant the military that was sent on a world tour to show how the US can control things. The important US policy was the Europe sugar market. The United States saw that they were leading in sugar production and used Cuba's sugar production to promote American economic interests. The second issue was between Venezuela and Santo Domingo because they were in debt that they could not pay off to European Countries. Roosevelt protected Venezuela after the British and German blocked their ports by using the Monroe Doctrine. When he realized more needed to be done it led to the Roosevelt Corollary.

Roosevelt Corollary

The Roosevelt Corollary was passed in 1904 to ensure that European Countries did not attempt to take over Dominican areas to collect bad dept.
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Notable Accomplishments

One of his accomplishments was the National Reclamation Act of 1902. The act was to establish irrigation projects in the west. He also made the conservation movement and persevered millions of acres for Americas natural resources. Roosevelt also broke apart many big corporations to protect the middle and working class he regulated railroad rates. Also, he passed the Meat Inspection Act, Pure food, and Drug Act to better food production and labeling. For Foreign policies he fought for the US to control the Panama Canal, sent the Great White Fleet out to other nations to demonstrate American Power, and ended the Russo-Japanese War by the Portsmouth Treaty.

Impact on Society

Roosevelt impacted the Society by creating acts like the Hepburn act, Pure food and Drug act, and the meat inspection act. The Hepburn act allowed the government the power to set freight rates. The pure food, drug act, and meat inspection acts impacted society because with out them the food processing and labeling world would be different, our food would not be the same. Theodore Roosevelt's biggest impact was protection the conservation system. He protected 230 million acres for national monuments, refuges, parks including the Grand Canyon, and national forests.