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 historical past folks and ecu relatives, arguing that the simplest position to appear for the origins of the trendy transatlantic courting is in Roosevelt's existence and occupation.

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Lamarck’s theory of evolution promoted the idea that organisms voluntarily choose to use or disuse traits. In Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking work in 1859 (less than a year after TR’s birth), Lamarck’s hypothesis on voluntary use and disuse was largely discredited. Darwin, in his theory of “natural selection,” contended that species are born with traits. Beneficial traits that a species is born with make their survival and propagation more likely. The theory of natural selection eschewed the notion of environmental adaptation, or at least postulated that adaptations did not occur in a single generation.

39. Roosevelt, “The Winning of the West, Volume I,” 17. Theodore Roosevelt, “Americans of German Origin,” Works, National Edition, 16:36–38. 40. , June 15, 1873, Elting E. Morison and John M. , The Letters of Theodore Roosevelt, 8 vols. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1951–54), 1:8. 41. See for example Theodore Roosevelt, “The German Horror,” Works, National Edition, 19:327–330. 42. Putnam, Roosevelt, 114. Perhaps Putnam does not do John Quincy Adams’s boyhood travels justice. As Paul Nagel chronicles in his biography of Adams, as a youth Adams spent nearly seven years abroad.

Character” for Roosevelt was a human trait that facilitated social progress, and as this chapter argues, evolutionary survival. “Character” would literally sustain the United States. However, this analysis is cautious not to present TR as a steadfast ideologue. “Character” was more than just an idea for TR. It is representative of his international relations model that accounts for preserving US material interests, the security and stability of a world order, and the spread of democracy and republican political values.

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