Theodore Roosevelt's Presidency the Assassination Term Paper

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Yet, Theodore Roosevelt also found within the American nationalism a powerful civic culture that made the United States of America as a country that welcomed all kinds of people irrespective of where they came from, their racial identity and religious leanings as long as they were prepared to devote themselves to the country and observe the laws of the land. Theodore Roosevelt also loved the idea that the United States of America was a melting pot in which a hybrid race of different strains could be created. Theodore Roosevelt believed that such a mixing had created and would sustain the racial superiority of the American race. This belief of his was demonstrated by his personal delight in moving across social boundaries and meeting people of diverse groups. (Theodore Roosevelt and the Divided Character of American Nationalism)

Thus we see that after President Lincoln for nearly thirty five years the leaders of the Congress asserted their dominance over the presidency. As Theodore Roosevelt took reigns of the Office of the President of the United States he had the determination to use the power and prominence that came with the Office of the President of the United States to achieve his aims and objectives with regard to domestic and foreign policy. Using strong action and bold statements Theodore Roosevelt restored the stature of the presidency to what it was. He chose to interpret the constitution in a loose manner and thus do many things that were not done by any of his predecessors. In his words "I did not usurp power, but I did greatly to broaden the use of executive power." These words of his give a clear picture of what he felt was the role of the President of the United States of America. In the arena of domestic affairs Theodore Roosevelt was a strong supporter of the Progressive Movement that had the objectives of breaking up the concentrations of economic and political power that was undermining the democratic principles and equality of opportunity. Theodore Roosevelt was committed to racial equality and this caused him to invite the American educator Booker T. Washington for diner at the White house in October 1901. (President of the United States)

This was the first time that an African-American had had the pleasure of dining at the White House. This caused Theodore Roosevelt to loose support of the white community in the South as there were critical comments that this act of his would lead to the expectation from other African-Americans of social equality. Still he managed to get the Congress to pass impressive legislative acts to regulate railroads, the food and drug industries and to increase the environmental protection. These successes on the domestic front caused him to become the most popular President since Abraham Lincoln and before Franklin Roosevelt. On the foreign affairs front Theodore Roosevelt advocated a policy that was open to compromise but in the final say was heavily backed by military force. He strengthened the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy and employed the threat of force to safeguard the interests of the United States of America in Alaska, Asia and Latin America. Theodore Roosevelt was determined that a canal was required to join the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in Latin America.

To this end Theodore Roosevelt supported a revolution in Columbia in 1903 to attain the land required for the construction of the canal. Columbia ceded the land to Panama and immediately Theodore Roosevelt initiated the action for the construction of the Panama Canal, which became the property of the United States of America. Theodore Roosevelt acted with force in asserting the dominance of the United States of America on the global front by many other initiatives which also included his success at negotiating the end to the Russo-Japanese War in 1905, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. (President of the United States)

References

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Leonard, Erin Ruth. Theodore Roosevelt's Broad Powers: From Revolution to Reconstruction. Retrieved at http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/E/teddy/teddyxx.htm. Accessed on February 27, 2005

President of the United States. Retrieved form http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761571294_4/President_of_the_United_States.html#p56Accessed on February 27, 2005

Roosevelt, Theodore. The American President. Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Retrieved at http://ap.grolier.com/article?assetid=0250190-0&templatename=/article/article.html. Accessed on February 27, 2005

Theodore Roosevelt. The White House. Retrieved at http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/tr26.html. Accessed on February 27, 2005

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