Does Teddy Roosevelt Deserve to be on Mount Rushmore Essay

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George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt; each of these fine presidents’ faces are carved into the big mountain that we know to be Mount Rushmore. George Washington was our country’s first president: obviously. Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation: naturally. Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence: certainly. But Theodore Roosevelt; what exactly did he accomplish, what did he do? This nation’s 26th president, he is well known for many things. Some question whether or not what he accomplished during his presidency term is even worthy of having a face carved into Mount Rushmore. He was a renowned historian, author and naturalist/explorer. Once voted …show more content…
It was used to create a passageway between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, through Central America. Not only was he successful in his plans, Roosevelt was the first president to travel out of the country during his term. With the Panama Canal, there was the creation of the Panama Canal Zone, which was a big station for our army, making the US a dominant military power in Central America. Another successful accomplishment that Roosevelt had worked towards was government intervention on big businesses. On the scale of economy (one being total capitalism, and ten being complete socialism) Roosevelt moved our economy to about a four and a half. He believed that big businesses were at some point going to get too big, and take over complete industries. So with the creation of the Square Deal, he was able to prevent that from happening. Roosevelt believed that big businesses and the small man should be on the same spectrum. Upton Sinclair published a book called, The Jungle. It focused on the gross horrors of the meat packing industry. Once President Roosevelt had this brought to his attention (I’m sure that once people read this, and were disgusted by it, the president somehow heard about it) he sought out a way to fix this huge problem. He came up with the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. This was to fix the conditions of the work place of these meat packing industries. Not only what was in Sinclair’s book was unsafe and unsanitary,

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