Rhetorical Analysis Of Theodore Roosevelt 's ' America 1908 '

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The year 1908 was not that much different from other years, Rasenberger would have his readers believe. In his acclaimed novel, America 1908, Rasenberger takes what seems like ordinary events upon first glance, into an intertwined narrative that encompasses the most memorable changes to America throughout that year. He teaches us that more than any other year in the 20th-century, 1908 set up what would be America’s destiny.
Acknowledging the formidable challenges of prominent racism and the need for labor reforms, he makes the case for a changing nation as confident and powerful as its president in 1908, Theodore Roosevelt. In the three-page account of Theodore Roosevelt 's presidency he metaphorically describes his leadership as a point-to-point hike through Rock Creek Park, over, under, through obstacles, but never around them. Roosevelt forages the White House making the world seem ready for American innovation, exploration and colonization. He focuses on the imperialistic aspect of Roosevelt and the new wave of politics he brought. One of the most symbolic moments of American patriotism in the novel was shown as Roosevelt dispatched his "Great White Fleet" on a "Friendship Cruise" around the world, showing off newly found American strength. In the two-page dedication to the fleet he makes it known the importance of 1908 and Roosevelt in the progression of America as a world leader. However, Rasenberger shows, a different reality was hiding behind the red, white and blue…

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