At the outset of the twentieth century, Theodore Roosevelt, one of the United States’s most popular and dynamic leaders, became the first modern U.S. president. In leading the Progressive movement, he advanced the Stewardship Theory, which meant that the president should always represent the interests of the people.
Heroes are ordinary people who others are drawn to by their overflowing energy and aspirations to improve the world. Theodore Roosevelt is proven a hero in executing to sustain and strengthen the environment, ameliorate the economy, and great leadership. As the nation’s twenty-sixth President, Roosevelt was faced with critical conservation issues and made decisive moves to promote conservation.
In conservation Roosevelt’s drive to control exploitation and increase development of natural resources and wildlife was remarkable. A writer states, “During his tenure, Roosevelt created 50 additional wildlife refuges” (Environmental Encyclopedia). When in office president Roosevelt created more protected places for animals and creatures to live in a clean environment. This displays Roosevelt’s enthusiasm to protect resources and natural minerals in order to preserve the environment for many years to go. Next, President Roosevelt began work to transform land and water distribution. An article mentions, “A concrete result of this work came when Congress passed the Newlands Reclamation Act, which Roosevelt signed on June 17, 1902.
This act channeled funds from the sale of western land into the construction of large dams and irrigation projects in the hot and dry regions of the West” (Environmental Encyclopedia). Roosevelt’s Reclamation Act was passed which would help distribute water into dry hot areas by constructing dams and irrigation projects. The result of this not only helped with agriculture, but flourished the dry land with nutrients that before were unattainable. Theodore Roosevelt has demonstrated he greatly cares for nature and the environment we live in, but also shows he is driven to defend citizens in the economic workforce. In the early 1900’s, Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to mediate on the side of workers in a labor dispute. The cruel working ethnics that laborers dealt with are now coming to an end. In support of workers, “On February 14, 1903, Roosevelt signed legislation establishing the Department of Commerce and Labor” (Presidential Administration Profiles for Students).
The establishment of this organization’s main purpose is to create jobs, promote economic growth, encourage sustainable development and improve standards of living for all Americans. In addition, this allowed for the prevention of antagonism between capital and labor that had been in process for many years. Soon after, President Theodore Roosevelt had answered labor workers prayers for a wage increase and less working hours.
An article states, “On March 22, 1903, the commission advised a 10 percent wage increase. A nine-hour day became standard with limitations of eight hours for a few jobs” (Presidential Administration Profiles for Students). Workers now received a ten percent wage increase and working hours had been reduced to eight hours a day based off of their occupation. This shows that by the influence of Roosevelt, work conditions have been considerably improved and restrictions of laborers have been removed.
Furthermore, the many accomplishments Roosevelt has made proves he possesses outstanding leadership. To this day, Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest leaders in American history. For instance, before becoming the president, he was well known as the hero military general hero of the Spanish-American War. An article informs, “Roosevelt was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, one hundred years later, for what was described as “…acts of bravery on 1 July, 1898, near Santiago de Cuba, Republic of Cuba, while leading a daring charge up San Juan Hill'” (T. R. the Rough Rider: Hero of the Spanish American War). One hundred years later, President Roosevelt was awarded a Medal of Honor for his act of bravery described in the Spanish-American War. Years later, Roosevelt is still recognized for his significant feat that lead America victorious in the war.
During Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency, he was not only in office because he was a war hero, but for the reason that he was trusted by the people to help improve the state of America. To follow, in the Hero Cycle, the stage ‘Crossing of the Return Threshold’ is defined as, “The trick in returning is to retain the wisdom gained on the quest, to integrate that wisdom into a human life, and then maybe figure out how to share the wisdom with the rest of the world” (Campbell, Joseph). In other words, the wisdom gained upon the journey is taught or shared with others in order for it to spread. Theodore Roosevelt used the experience and knowledge he gained and during the time of his office stated issues that would soon be reformed with the help of many citizens.
Through his actions and speech, one cannot help but be attracted to Roosevelt’s way of thinking. All in all, Theodore Roosevelt had the ability to lead others to success. In sum, Roosevelt did much to restore the power and prestige of the presidency that it had lost in the late nineteenth century. In acting as he did, he protected vast tracts of land and many threatened species from destruction, took charge in the working industries to refine the economy, and proven to be able to guide others with outstanding leadership. Theodore Roosevelt clearly represents what a hero is.
Heroes are people who inspire other people to change the world by surpassing the present to improve the future. In doing so, not only does the world grow, but also the people who are influenced by it. To conclude, Theodore Roosevelt’s impact on America has changed history forever.