Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. Known in particular for being the youngest president in the history of the USA, Roosevelt was a very important historical figure, to such an extent that his image is immortalized on Mount Rushmore. Roosevelt was not only a Republican who contributed a great deal to the assertion of American imperialism, but also a great lover of nature who significantly improved the quality of life in America. In just 50 minutes, you will find about the vast amount of new legislation passed during his presidency and understand his role in the defense of workers’ rights in the USA.
This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the key moments in Roosevelt’s illustrious political career, including his trust regulations, his laws on monitoring the food and drug industries and his famous ‘Big Stick’ strategy in international diplomacy. It also features a full biography, a valuable introduction to the political, social and economic context and a discussion of the Progressive movement, giving you all the essential information about this Nobel Peace Prize winner.
About Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt was born on 27 October 1858 in New York and took a rather unique path in life. He suffered from asthma attacks as a child and was home-schooled due to his poor health, but when he was a teenager he decided to take up boxing as a way to improve his sickly condition. He studied law at Harvard, where he met his future wife, and became a member of the Republican Party. However, a few years after this, both his wife and his mother died on the same day. Overwhelmed by grief, Roosevelt left for Dakota, where he became a cowboy and built his own ranch. He also took part in the Cuban War of Independence in 1898. And all this was before he became President in 1901 following the assassination of William McKinley.
This clear and accessible 40-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to Theodore Roosevelt
- Biography of Theodore Roosevelt
- A frail young man with an incredible destiny
- The fight against corruption
- Political, economic and social context
- A growing economy
- Opening up to the rest of the world
- An angry population
- The defence of workers’ rights
- Trust regulation
- Railroad regulation
- Healthcare laws and nature conservation
- A growing place on the international scene
- The Nobel Peace Prize
- The 1912 presidential campaign
- Impact of Roosevelt’s presidency
- An improvement in quality of life
- Bolstering the role of president
- A Progressive domestic policy?
- The United States’ self-assertion on the global scene
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