By Jeff Wallenfeldt, Britannica Educational Publishing
The newly reunified usa skilled a tenuous peace following the yankee Civil battle. It was once a interval characterised via nice technological advances, but additionally by way of elevated political, fiscal, and social polarization. This penetrating examine American background among the Civil struggle and twentieth century comprises firsthand bills that show the present ideologies of the time and make clear major humans and occasions.
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Roosevelt sought to employ government as a mediating force among all elements in society. He had, he once said, a Greek horror of extremes. He saw two agents of jeopardy for the country: the mob, which could be whipped up by demagogues to overthrow cherished institutions, and the arriviste plutocracy, which, by its excessive greed, incited the mob. ” Though often classified as a progressive, Roosevelt held reformers in contempt and cast out radicals as lepers. ” He conceived of the president as the expounder and enforcer of a new morality in the commercial world.
When president, Roosevelt himself recounted, “I play bear with the children almost every night, and some child is invariably fearfully damaged in the play; but this does not seem to affect the ardor Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft | 27 Theodore Roosevelt and the conservationist John Muir, whom he so much admired, together survey the Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point in 1903. ” He matched this hyperkinetic activity with an insatiable lust for intellectual stimulus. In the course of his life, he wrote thirty-eight books— and 150,000 letters.
I killed a Spaniard with my own hand—like a jackrabbit,” he boasted. ” War hero and figure of romance, Roosevelt moved easily into the New York governor’s chair in Albany, where he alarmed Wall Street by his actions and his rhetoric. He advocated an employer’s liability bill and got through the legislature measures to protect women and children, inspect tenements, and establish an eight-hour day. affecting the security of earnings and the right of a man to run his business in his own way, with due respect, of course, to the Ten Commandments and the Penal Code.
America Between the Civil War and the 20th Century: 1865 to 1900 by Jeff Wallenfeldt, Britannica Educational Publishing