Shaping the American Character

Turner’s key “frontier thesis” argues that frontier life shaped the ...


Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt began his political career as a New York State Assemblyman. He grew prominent in reform politics nationally, and when the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898 he left his job as secretary of the navy to fight in Cuba. He was vice president when McKinley’s assassination elevated him, at age forty-two, to be the twenty-sixth and youngest president of the United States.