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Transcript of Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States, being the youngest man to serve as president. He is known for his eager personality, leadership skills, and his "big stick" approach. Overall, he made a significant contribution on American life as well as in foreign affairs.
Prior to Roosevelt's presidency, big businesses were not being regulated and were free to accomplish their goals. But, Theodore believed that had the responsibility of regulating businesses for the sake of the general public. For example, he forced the great railroad combination to break up in the Northwest. He saw himself as a representative of all the people. So he regulated businesses because he knew this would better the common people rather than those with money pouring out of their pockets.
George Cortelyou squeezes money from the plump man (the trusts) and Roosevelt is looking at him approvingly.
Roosevelt revolutionized foreign affairs and believed that the U.S had the responsibility to do so. He also helped with the building of the Panama Canal which shortened the voyage for ships for the U.S. and strengthened the U.S. Navy which he believed would prevent enemies from targeting them.
The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean
The Progressive Era
Roosevelt had had a big impact on America especially with acts he passed. For example, he passed the Meat Inspection Act, which made food safe for the consumer, as well as the Pure Food and Drug Act, which made companies accurately label their products. Theodore also set aside 100 million acres of land just for national parks. These acts all benefited the common people.
"Believe you can and you're halfway there."
As a result, "Teddy" was a great American President and and had a great impact on America. He created a bright future for ths U.S and helped us realize that nature was a gift and that air, water, forests and animal life were for us to protect. Roosevelt was not a president working for money, he helped with the common people and is a role model to leaders.
Political cartoon of Roosevelt digging up the Panama Canal.