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Roosevelt's Affect on Wilson

Roosevelt Urges Wilson To War

This political cartoon depicts the Rough Rider, Roosevelt urging a stoic Wilson to prepare and act without "unnecessary delay".  Roosevelt had been urging action from Wilson for some time, but the cartoon shows a renewed sense of urgency.

Through analysis of the documents presented and consideration of the secondary information included, it becomes apparent that Roosevelt probably had some effect on Wilson.  Collin says, “Roosevelt, as his critics have frequently observed, did not always speak softly- he often bellowed. And the United States did not have the diplomatic luxury of a big stick.”1  The political cartoon depicts this bellowing. The sign in Roosevelt's hand can be thought of as representing his various writings within the module (since they send the same message) and summarizes the message he was trying to send to Wilson.  In the cartoon, Roosevelt’s calls seem not to stir Wilson's emotions, but the evolution of Wilson's policy seems to tell another story.  That evolution would lead one to believe that Wilson came to comply with the Roosevelt Corollary and came to accept the idea that the United States needed to intercede in the actions of Europe and the world as a whole just as Roosevelt had claimed.  Roosevelt’s claim of American superiority seems to have been upheld through Wilson's final policies and actions, which allows us to draw a conclusion about Roosevelt’s influence on Wilson.


1 Richard H. Collin, Theodore Roosevelt, culture, Diplomacy, and Expansion A New View of American Imperialism (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1985), 2.