The role that Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States of America played in uniting the races of America to come up with a united Ratiolized country is well elaborated in the first chapter of the book entitled, American crucible. this is described in detail in the first chapter. This chapter highlights the circumstances that forced the Americans to accept one another. War is looked at as one of the major reasons that helped in racial integration during the reign of Roosevelt. He believed that only through war would America assert itself as a force to reckon with in the world (Gerstle 19). He was a United States president at the times when there was scramble and partition of Africa. The United States did not go for colonies in Africa. His strategy was to establish its influence in the North America, South America, and Europe through war. The chapter also highlights Roosevelt’s beliefs that there were superior races in the United States. He once suggested that the US could achieve its ambition through forging a united front under the guidance of the superior race, the whites (Gerstle 19).
He successfully managed to unite the Americans and became the most famous man in the US, at that time. During Roosevelt’s reign, there was increased racial integration, economic developments, and politically democracy came into play (Gerstle 22). This chapter concludes by analyzing on how far the US had gone as far as racial integration was concerned. The book credits Roosevelt for these achievements due to his social, political, and economical policies that brought the American people together.
This information helps the reader to understand the history of racial integration. The information provided in the text has detail explanations that forced the American people to work together. All the times they were working together with a united front during war, they always won (Gerstle 17). The importance of unity of purpose in highlighted from the text.
It is evident that racism can bring a nation to its knees. Before Roosevelt came into power, racism was on its peaks in the US. There was increased civil war in the US, Indians fighting against the whites, Africans fighting against the whites and many other circumstances. During Roosevelt’s leadership, he used war to unite the Americans he convinced them that they all were Americans. When racism was controlled, economic development was realized (Gerstle 26). This informs the reader of the negative effects that come with racism.
War is looked at negatively always; this text however highlights circumstances where war had positive impacts. The text talks about the creation of a multiracial state through war and embrace of one another. The war between the whites and the Indians assimilated them forcing them to integrate and hence accept one another (Gerstle 20). They all became citizens of modern day America. Currently they coexist peacefully. War sometimes helps heal the rifts that are there between nations or even individuals. This does not necessarily mean physical war.
The creation of commonality is vital in assimilation and integration. President Roosevelt’s policy of developing the strongest and largest English-speaking nation in the world, served as an example in this case (Gerstle 17). He had policies of commonality between the Americans. He wanted all of them to speak English. This policy united the Americans (Gerstle 19). The creation of a common medium of communication for a people is very important in achieving integration.
The above highlighted circumstances briefly describe Roosevelt’s character. A strong vibrant leader, who believed in what he thought, was the best for the future of his country whether negative or positive. He was a person who could use any negative believes in the modern world, built on them positively until he achieved his dream. At the end of the day, he ended up becoming very powerful in the world and very famous in the US. His dream of creating a masculine and rationalized nationalism in the US came to pass (Gerstle 26). During his reign, women were given expanded roles in the US affairs (Gerstle 15). He must have been a person who believed in gender equality. This text therefore can enable the reader to understand more about who Roosevelt was in the American history.