3, February 2013
Ourednik, A.P. US History
Theodor Roosevelt: The Face of the Progressive Era
Progressive: (Noun) Favoring or advocating change, improvement or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain circumstances as the way they are.
Everyday, even in modern terms, the American peoples’ lives are touched by the man who was the twenty-sixth president of the United States. If you have ever traveled to one of America’s glorious Nationals Parks such as Yellowstone or The Virgin Islands, or if you’re one of the thousands of citizens who receive a package that was shipped internationally through the Panama canal, or if you’ve been to one of America’s eighteen national monuments, you have no other than the late Theodore Roosevelt to thank. Theodore, or “Teddy” embodied the Progressive Era, a period of social activism and political reform in the United States that flourished from the 1890’s to the 1920’s.
Before becoming President, Roosevelt was elected to other offices. He served as a New York State Assemblyman, Governor of New York, and Vice President of the United States. He was also a deputy sheriff in the Dakota Territory, Police Commissioner of New York City, U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and Colonel in the "Rough Riders." While serving in the Police department, he cleansed the N.Y.P.D which was once saturated with bribes and corruption, which was very much a part of the Gilded age.
Through out Roosevelt’s life, TR was the first president to fly an airplane, to be submerged in a submarine, to own a car, to have a telephone in his home, to travel outside the borders of the U.S while still in office (Teddy took the battleship USS Louisiana to Panama in 1906), to entertain an African-American in the white house, The first American- as well as the first President to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906.
To quote the great TR, himself, "We have fallen heirs to the most glorious...