And the Rise of America to World Power
Howard K. Beale
Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of America to World Power was published by John Hopkins University Press in 1956. Beale’s books emphasized and interpreted economic factors during the Reconstruction Era. His scholarly works gained the term “the Beale Thesis”, which was based upon Beale’s theory that Reconstruction was the effort of big business to seek control over the federal government for their own gain by eliminating agrarian competition. Among having published several books, Beale also edited the diaries of Edward Bates and Gideon Welles, both of Lincoln’s cabinet, and edited a work of scholarly essays by leading historians. Beale was a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin. Beale’s book, “Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of America to World Power” covers the major developments, policies, and actions by which the “Imperialists” helped guide America into world power. It gives insight into the role Roosevelt played in the policies at the turn of the century. Beale gives detail into Roosevelt’s personal diplomacy, his feelings for other nations, and why he believed it was appropriate that America tied itself with England as an “English-speaking” power. Beale also questions to what extent did Roosevelt and his fellow expansionists influence the course of America? Did the need for American imperialism eventually lead us into danger? During the last decade of the nineteenth century, national loyalties strengthened nations and a struggle for power would become the dominating ambition for industrialized nations. Competition had aroused nations “to expand their political and economic, perhaps too their cultural, control beyond their national boundaries as far as their energies and opportunities permitted.” (pg 31) This new imperialism was based on industrial rivalry and America had to choose if she would follow suit. “The people of America never really consciously decided...
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