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Sagar Desai
History Winter Interm
12-22-2012
Test 1
In the long history of our presidency I believe the three most influential presidents between the years 1877-1953 were Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Harry Truman. By contrast I will compare them to the three presidents during this time who I believe were on the other end of the spectrum who are, Herbert Hoover, Warren G. Harding, and William McKinley.

Upon victory of the Presidential race of 1904 Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed “ I am no longer a political accident” (Theodore Roosevelt National Park Summary). Roosevelt became president after the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 and the progressive movement gained its most promising leader. Roosevelt believed that the president could do anything that the constitution did not specifically prohibit. He stated, “Under this interpretation of executive power…I did and caused to be done many things not previously done...I did not usurp power, but I did greatly broaden the use of executive power” (The American Journey 616). Roosevelt’s expansion of government power and its consolidation in the executive branch were some of his most significant accomplishments. Roosevelt was also a great political figure in the fact that he solved many international problems and had a firm hand on domestic affairs. He realized the need for a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans so he passed the act to start building the Panama Canal in 1903. Roosevelt also played an important role in foreign policy such as when he won the adoption of the Drago Doctorine, which prevented the use of forces collecting foreign debt. You are engaged on a double task, recovery and reform….recovery from the slump, and passage from those business and social reforms which are long overdue” (Documents for America’s History). As the country was sinking further into depression Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed forward an unprecedented program to resolve the crisis of a...
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