America's Transatlantic Turn: Theodore Roosevelt and the by H. Krabbendam, J. Thompson

By H. Krabbendam, J. Thompson

This assortment makes use of Theodore Roosevelt to shape a clean method of the heritage folks and ecu relatives, arguing that the easiest position to appear for the origins of the trendy transatlantic dating is in Roosevelt's lifestyles and profession.

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He could not help but be impressed with Dresden and its rich array of intellectual stimulation. He also admired the manliness of his host’s sons who bore the scars off much dueling. Finally, he began a lifelong fascination with the German lyricc 26 E dward P. Ko hn poem The Nibelungenlied, d even finding parallels between the hero Siegfried and the American frontiersman. Years later, in the Assembly he regarded the “average catholic [sic] Irishman” as “a low, venal, corrupt and unintelligent brute,” while as president his anti-Catholicism may have helped shape his dim view of Latin Americans.

Civilization was for TR, the highest potential stage in any given race’s development. These two ideas were intrinsically linked to each other, in his mind. He believed that races progress through various stages, and that civilization was the pinnacle off such development. 1 Two European intellectuals were responsible for influencing Roosevelt’s thinking: Jean-Baptist Lamarck, a French naturalist and British naturalist Charles Darwin. In 1809, Lamarck proposed that organic species develop according to environmental factors or that any given organism can adapt to its surroundings.

37 Roosevelt’s imperialism, was then a degenerative force and not progressive, according to anti-imperialists. In a widely published pamphlet, the League argued that imperialism “means the surrender of American democracy . . a menace to free American citizenship. ” Just as the frontiersmen were responsible for shaping American “character” in the backwoods, overseas imperialism would enable Americans “to lead a character building ‘strenuous life’ off manly, martial exertion and disinterested service unto others .

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