Theodore Roosevelt Chief Diplomat Analysis

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Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States. Theodore Roosevelt became William McKinley 's Vice President in 1900 when elected. In 1901, when McKinley was assassinated in September of that year, Roosevelt assumed the presidency. At the Age of forty-three, he was the youngest man to ever become President of the United States. He ran again for his second term in 1904 and his measures to stop big business fleecing the public were popular and the election gave him the opportunity to run for president in his own right. Carrying every state in the North, he beat Alton B. Parker by 226 electoral votes to 140, with 7.6 million popular votes to 4.1 million. Theodore Roosevelt was an effective leader. He was highly qualified to be …show more content…
Almost immediately upon taking office President Roosevelt moved to establish formal diplomatic relations between the United States and the Soviet Union. One of the most important things Theodore Roosevelt did as Chief Diplomat was his Roosevelt Corollary or “Big Stick” Diplomacy. This was added to the Monroe Doctrine, stating that the U.S. might intervene in the affairs of an American republic threatened with seizure or intervention. Among the Roosevelt Corollary, he reserved the right for the United States to intervene in Latin America for the sake of stability. Theodore Roosevelt had an Imperialist perspective, which is the policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries. Roosevelt negotiated the Treaty of Portsmouth which ended the Russo-Japanese War and marked the emergence of a new era of diplomatic negotiations. After the Russo-Japanese War, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiator, making him the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Theodore Roosevelt sought to expand Japanese influence in Northern Asia, and signed an agreement allowing Japanese expansion into Korea. Roosevelt made a critical participation in the 1907 Algeciras Conference which was an international conference of great European powers and the United States, in which they discussed France’s relationship to the government of Morocco. He furthered the concept of American Exceptionalism, which is the theory that the U.S. is …show more content…
His "Square Deal" promised a fair shake for both the average citizen and the businessmen, through regulation of railroad rates and pure food and drugs. He was the first U.S. president to call for universal health care and national health insurance. He promoted the conservation movement, emphasizing efficient use of natural resources. He added enormously to the national forests in the West, reserved lands for public use and fostered great irrigation projects. After 1906, he attacked big business and suggested the courts were biased against labor unions. Roosevelt sought to minimize “unfair” or “bad” trusts and monopolies, and restrain the “good” trusts. With this in mind, he vehemently enforced the Sherman Antitrust Act. Under his presidency, there was a large increase in government regulation. He was the first president to truly negotiate between labor and management. The Anthracite Coal Miner’s Strike of 1902, was a strike where miners were asking for higher wages, shorter workdays and the recognition of their union. Theodore Roosevelt became involved and ended the strike as the miners received a ten percent wage increase and reduced workdays from ten to nine hours. Also under Roosevelt’s presidency, America saw the end of the Gilded age. He abandoned the laissez-faire method of foreign

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