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Ryan Walsh Hon US History 2 The Social Impact of Theodore Roosevelt In the post-Gilded Age America needed a strong President to carry out and embellish upon the social reform and dismantle the corruption left by trusts Taking over for the late President McKinley Theodore Roosevelt was the upper-class proponent of the people willing to wage the crusade against big business with a boyish vigor to be admired by the entire world His campaign for the layperson to avoid the extremes of swollen fortunes and grinding poverty is one of Herculean proportions to be remembered for all history To understand the political beliefs of Teddy Roosevelt one must understand the man behind the peoples champion Although wealthy in his youth young Theodore quickly learned the value of hard work due to his frail body and failing eyesight this value echoed in his every word and bled into every bill he signed TR worked tremendously to maintain a healthy body and became quite skilled in many areas of sport and built a titanic zest for life which he carried through his presidency Without adversity Roosevelts romance with the raw wilderness and his sense of debt to the common person could never have been constructed Beginning with his role in the Rough Riders Theodore was a romantic and dynamic American hero for the new era As President TR was clever in bringing about his reform and fearless of his antagonists for Roosevelt felt a president should lead and fight the good fight for the greater good In May1902 he showed his political clout by arbitrating the coal dispute TR backed the miners insisting that nobody owned them and by using the pressure of lose TR composed a square deal for the miners and shook the age of Big Business by proving federal intervention was possible for the common man When written The Sherman Anti-trust Act was fruitless but in the inventive
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