Roosevelt's Hefty Presidency
Boxing and wrestling, these were some of the hobbies Theodore Roosevelt enjoyed during his free time. When he wasn’t boxing and wrestling, he was a writer who published books at 24 years old. He was an equestrian, who galloped a horse for 10 miles just to prove it could be done. Roosevelt's actions, leadership, and sense of accountability set the bar by which all future presidents should be measured: he broke up trusts and monopolies, created new foreign policies, and his strategies took America toward progressive reforms that still have importance today.
Roosevelt was born wealthy, but was afflicted with Asthma. To prove that this affliction was not a disability, Roosevelt drove himself to accomplish several difficult physical feats, most famously his enduring horseback riding. (nobelprize.org) When Roosevelt wasn't on horseback, he was hunting, playing sports, and enjoying a relatively active lifestyle. (nobelprize.org) Roosevelt used his active and outgoing lifestyle, and put it into politics. He advanced more in politics and became the 26th president of the United States.
Roosevelt was made aware that corporations were taking advantage of the American worker, so he stepped in for better treatment and healthier competition among businesses. Trusts controlled about four fifths of industries in US. Standard oil was built on top of one such trust. Their unfair business practices exploited workers and unfairly took advantage of smaller businesses. While Roosevelt did not see all trusts as harmful, he worked to stop a trend that he said worked against the public interest. Roosevelt became a "trust buster" by forcing the railroad company in the Northwest to break apart. Roosevelt saw himself a representative of all the people, including farmers, laborers, workers, and businessmen. (nps.org) Roosevelt busted about 44 antitrust suits and won almost all of them.
Roosevelt's foreign policy gave great benefit to the US foreign power. Before his foreign policy regiment, Roosevelt strived to create a masculine image which he thought would bring political success. Ideally, other nations would feel intimidated by his strong, masculine presence. Roosevelt strongly supported a war with Spain and when it finally broke out; he saw it as a great political opportunity. He resigned from his position as Assistant Secretary of the Navy and formed a highly publicized regiment that gave great insight to the American West. In 1904, Roosevelt issued a Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine, which was a collection of principles originally stated by James Monroe in 1823. (associatedcontent.com) It gave the United States the right to basically control any Latin American nation as deemed necessary "to ensure their stability."(associatedcontent.com) This action made America appear more powerful than any southern neighbors.
Roosevelt's Presidency brought big changes to the United States, particularly in business and the power of government. Roosevelt's actions, leadership, and sense of accountability set the bar by which all future Presidents should be measured: he broke up trusts and monopolies, created new foreign policies, and his strategies took America toward progressive reforms that still have importance today. He held big businesses accountable for their labor practices, he lead the way for small businesses in the fight against trusts, and acted in favor of accommodating a few changes while retaining other practices. Theodore Roosevelt contributed a great amount of work towards the status of our world.
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