By Paul M. Rego

This publication examines the political considered Theodore Roosevelt, in particular his ceaseless wish and energy to reconcile America's individualistic culture with the extra collectivistic beliefs of his innovative brethren. Many students and lay-people alike forged Roosevelt as both 'conservative' or 'liberal,' yet his political idea defies so uncomplicated an interpretation; it was once extra nuanced and had a bigger objective than mere ideology. a radical examine of Roosevelt's writings finds his conviction that the recommendations of private autonomy and civic predicament weren't at the same time unique. actually, Roosevelt argued that it was once as the rules of self-reliance and private freedom have been vital that it was once occasionally helpful for the total neighborhood to exploit its collective power_and, often times, the associations of the government_to permit members to do what they can now not do on my own. additionally, whereas Roosevelt endorsed and was once chargeable for a very good enlargement within the regulatory powers of the nationwide executive, he understood, unlike many different revolutionary reformers, that inspirational rhetoric and optimistic instance will be nearly as good as institutional reform and the strength of legislations in compelling participants to aid each other in a spirit of civic attachment. In his public writings, Roosevelt sought to form the yankee brain in ways in which he concept right. Even his writings on nature, searching, ranching, and armed forces lifestyles have been a part of his political inspiration in that they have been meant to educate americans in regards to the value of balancing these individualistic values which are fit and very important to a society (discipline, own accountability, and a powerful paintings ethic) with such optimistic collectivistic values as an appreciation for mutual help and a priority for the great of the neighborhood.

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As Roosevelt struggled to make himself into a man who could assert himself and hold his own in the world, his beloved books provided him with great models for emulation, and the more heroic, the better. 29 These stories and their romantic depiction of the world, as H. W. ”30 For him, life was all about struggle, and the point of it all was to persevere and triumph over all challenges, none more so than wrongdoing. Others could do the same, if they just followed his lead. Theodore inherited a strict moral code from his father.

Eventually, a number of alleged ringleaders were arrested, based on the dubious testimony of a paid informant. Twenty-four of them were convicted in late 1876, and disturbances ended for a time. But, in 1877, when eastern railroad managers cut wages by ten percent, workers on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad went on strike and took possession of various rail yards. Employees of the other eastern railroads also went on strike, and when local and state government proved unable to deal with the crisis, President Rutherford B.

They lived with the constant threat of unemployment that came with the periodic depressions and, even when employed, had to fear injury on the job or early death due to hard labor, poor working conditions, and/or poor diet. Most working class women, unlike ladies of the upper classes, had to work to help support a family. Children worked as well. 83 Farmers too had little in common with the upper classes, for they too lived with insecurity. Whole families—women and children, as well as men— toiled together in the work of farming.

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