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Theodore Roosevelt's Lasting Legacy
THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S LASTING LEGACY

William Buzzard
History 102
Professor Tara Simpson
July 28, 2012
THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S LASTING LEGACY
Theodore Roosevelt was a famous leader, a historical figure, and left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten or replaced. Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States and started his term in 1901, and ended in 1909.1 Roosevelt was well known before his presidency, during, and after because of his reputation for taking care of the American people. He is still known for his role in the Navy, and still has a right hand in their decisions. Roosevelt was well known for a lot of remarkable deeds during his term as President, but his most important and lasting legacy was his approach to foreign affairs.
The Greatest Establishment: The Panama Canal The most remembered, and sought out accomplishment was the establishment of the Panama Canal. “One of the pressing problems was the need for a canal across the Americas. During the Spanish American War the U.S.S. Oregon sailed from the West coast of the U.S. to Cuba.”2 By the time that the voyage was completed the war was already over and done with. “It took a series of treaties to receive the land for the canal, and although the canal was not officially opened until 1921, it was completed long before then.”3 Roosevelt “became the first United States president to leave the country during his term of office.”4 He wanted to be able to see the work that was done to make such a turning point for the country. “Nearly thirty thousand workers labored ten hour days for ten years to build the four hundred million dollar canal, during which time American officials were able to counteract the scourge of Yellow Fever that had ravaged large numbers of canal workers.”5 1 A.P.E.-“Theodore Roosevelt’s Foreign Policy.” (2011). Retrieved on 26 July 2012. From: http://library.thinkquest.org/1492/cgi-bin/pres.cgi/roosevelt_theodore?351,14. 2 A.P.E. Ibid. 3 Ibid. 4 American



Bibliography: American President: A Reference Resource. “Foreign Affairs.” Accessed on 26 July 2012. Retrieved from: http://millercenter.org/president/roosevelt/essays/biography/5. Foreign Affairs. TR, “The Story of Theodore Roosevelt.” WGBH American Experience/PBS. 1996. Accessed on 26 July 2012. Retrieved from: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/tr-foreign/ “Teddy Roosevelt and His Big Stick/Campaign for Liberty.”2011. Accessed on 26 July 2012. Retrieved from: http://www.campaignforliberty.org/profile/9846/blog/2012/25/teddy-roosevelt-and-his-big-stick. Think Quest: Help. Retrieved from: http://thinkquest.org/pls/html/think.help?id=199737. Accessed on 26 July 2012.

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