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The Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt The turn of the century has always been a big deal for modern civilizations One hundred years of life is quite large compared with the average 70 or so given to most Because of that people tend to look in trends of decades rather than centuries or millennia When it does come time for a new century when that second digit rotates as it does so seldom people tend to look for change Events tend to fall before or after the century not on top of it and United States history particularly has had a tendency for sudden change at the century marks Columbus accidental discovery of the West Indies in 1492 brought on the exploration age in the 1500s Jamestown colony founded in 1607 was Englands first foothold on the New World A massive population surge brought on in part by the import of fricans marks entry into the 18th century Thomas Jeffersons presidency beginning in 1800 changed the face of American politics 1900 was a ripe year for change but needed someone to help the change arrives That someone was Theodore Roosevelt Roosevelts political presence altered the course of the United States transforming it into a superpower fully ready to handle the challenges of any opposition and changed the role of the president and executive branch of US government making it a force with which to be reckoned As the first president with progressive views Roosevelt enacted the first regulatory laws and prosecuted big businesses who had been violating them and others for years Roosevelt also initiated the United States active interests in other countries and began to spread the benefits of democracy throughout the world Before Roosevelt the United States was an inward-looking country largely xenophobic to the calls of the rest of the world and chiefly concerned with bettering itself As one critic put it Roosevelt was the
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