The Big Stick Policy Essay

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The Big Stick Policy
“Speak softly and carry a big stick,” this was the slogan that president Theodore Roosevelt Used to describe the Big Stick policy. This sentence led to the foreign policy that Roosevelt deployed during his presidency hence the name “Big Stick” Policy. This policy meant that the U.S. should be fair in its dealings with other countries but must always be ready to protect its own interests or in other word negotiating peacefully while simultaneously threatening with the “big stick”, or the military. Roosevelt first used the phrase in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair on September 2, 1901, twelve days before the assassination of President William McKinley, which subsequently thrust him into the Presidency.
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In 1903 the U.S. helped Panama with their revolution against Columbia. The United States benefited from this because with Panama free from the control of Columbia they were free to make a treaty with Panama and make the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal was a big Geographical purpose for the U.S. With the Panama Canal built the trip from East to West was shortened from 14,000 miles to only 5,00 miles. This was important to Roosevelt because with acquiring Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Guam he wanted a shorter route for naval ships needing to pass between the two oceans. The canal is still used to this day for military water vessels. Annotated Bibliography
Hart, Diane, et al. History Alive!: pursuing American ideals. Student ed. Palo Alto, CA: Teachers' Curriculum Institute, 2008. Print. This Source is a high school U.S. history textbook designed for use by 11th grade students. From this book i learned the basics of the Big Stick policy such as who created it and when it was created. I trust the information provided by this textbook because it was It produced and intended to be used across the nation by students and teachers. It is written from an american perspective by Diana Hart and many other scholars.
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