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The Role of the US President

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Please explain how the Presidency at the start of the 21st century is diffferent from the Presidency at the start of the 20th century?

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This solution examines how the Presidency has changed over the course of 100 years (from 1900 to 2000).

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To answer this question you would first need to set up your argument or thesis. In your introduction you could explain that the Founding Fathers viewed the office of President as a chief executive officer who would serve as head of state, chief diplomat, and commander of the armed forces. It is ironic that at its inception the presidency was not that powerful of an office. However with each crisis the U.S. always seemed to have the right leader serving as President. (i.e. during the birth of the nation, the Civil War, and foreign crises.) As a result the office began to change and at times assume more power. For a thesis you could argue that in some ways the presidency has changed but in other ways it has not changed very much. In fact you could say that the politics of Theodore Roosevelt pushed America into the 20th century, and much of his legacy remained a huge part of the presidency into the 21st century
<br><br>Then you could begin to explain the role of Theodore Roosevelt as President at the turn of the 20th century and how many of his policies were continued. During the time he was president, from 1901 to 1909, he altered American foreign and domestic policy -- and even the presidency itself -- in ways that would influence the nation for decades to come. When Roosevelt assumed the presidency, business and political machines dominated the landscape, carving up territory, buying candidates, and manipulating legislation. The courts usually defended moneyed ...

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