Theodore Roosevelt: Making Peace and War
Leadership is often demonstrated in times of crisis, particularly times of war. Yet the United States did not engage in war during Theodore Roosevelt's presidency. On the contrary, he deftly negotiated peace between Russia and Japan, settling a long and grueling conflict between the two nations. Later, when the world was caught up in war, Roosevelt strenuously called for the United States to enter the conflict. In this session, students will explore the exercise of leadership in these two circumstances. Primary sources will include speeches, letters, photographs, and perhaps video.