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Theodore Roosevelt: the Great Environmentalist

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This Paper will outline President Theodore Roosevelt’s role in helping to


  our environment during his administration (1901-1909). It will also examine

  his theory of

  a stronger American democracy through environmental conservationism.



          “The movement for the conservation of wildlife, and the larger movement for

          the conservation of all our natural resources, are essentially democratic in

          spirit, purpose, and method.” (Roosevelt 274)



          As president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt made conservation a


  policy issue of his administration. He created five National Parks, four Big


  Refuges, fifty-one National bird Reservations, and the National Forest

  Service. Roosevelt

  advocated for the sustainable use of the nation's natural resources, the

  protection and

  management of wild game, and the preservation of wild spaces. Considering


  landscape to be the source of American wealth and the American character,


  believed conservationism was a democratic movement necessary to maintain and


  strengthen American democracy.

          Roosevelt recognized America's vast natural resources as the source of the


  economic wealth and subsequent political strength globally. The abundance of


  timber, waterways, and mineral deposits fueled the continuing expansion of


  industry. In a speech addressed to a national conference on conservation held

  at the White

  House in 1908, Roosevelt stated, "Our position in the world has been attained

  by the

  extent and thoroughness of the control we have achieved over nature; but we

  are more,

  and not...


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