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Bachelor of Arts
Arts and Science
For this study, in which the similarities and dissimilarities between Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt are to be found out, there are four underlying purposes: (1) to ascertain characteristic conditions which surrounded their administrations; (2) to examine critically certain aspects of their foreign and domestic policies; (3) to appraise the two presidents in the light of their background, training, opportunities, and achievements; (4) to evaluate their foreign and domestic policies and indicate their influence upon internal and international relations. To ascertain characteristic conditions which surrounded their administrations is shown by a study of the Spanish- American War, the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean Trouble, and the Boxer Rebellion, which were difficulties to McKinley and later brought difficulties to Theodore Roosevelt, and the "Depression," Trouble in Asia, European Debt Situation, and World Court, which worried Hoober and met Franklin Roosevelt when he came into office. Certain aspects of their foreign and domestic policies are to be examined critically by presentation of the Caribbean Policy, European Troubles, and Far Eastern Difficulties as far as their foreign affairs were concerned, and conservation, "Trust Busting," and Strikes and Labor as far as domestic affairs can be considered. The men were alike in their beliefs in the keeping of the Monroe Doctrine and neutrality, and really did much to aid the developing of the country as both were liberal in their views and acts. By appraising the two presidents in the light of their background, training, opportunities, and achievements, it is to be noted how strikingly parallel their lives were until their nominations. Both were from New York, graduated from the same school, Assistant-Secretary of the Navy, connected with the Army, Governor of New York, and eventually President. An evaluation, by a critical analysis of their foreign and domestic policies, should indicate their influence upon internal and international relations. In spite of their combing from positions of wealth, this study is designated to show whether they remained popular because of the actions they fostered for the "common man." Recognition by "John Doe Public" for these two great men should be as high, if not higher, upon leaving the high office as it was when they entered, because of their performance of such humane acts.
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Rayner, A. A. (1939). A Comparative Study of the Characters and Administration of the Two Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.pvamu.edu/pvamu-theses/10