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Collection Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film

1906 to 1910

  • 1906

    January

    T. R. is instrumental in mediation between Germany and France over the influence both countries wish to exert in Morocco.

    The Hepburn Railway Rate Act is passed, curbing the practice of railroads giving rebates to chosen shippers.

    February 17

    T. R.'s daughter Alice is married at the White House to Nicholas Longworth, a Republican congressman.

    June 30

    The Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act are passed as a result of T. R.'s orders to investigate the meat-packing industry.

    August

    In a controversial move, T. R. discharges without honor a regiment of black soldiers accused of conducting a raid in Brownsville, although fourteen of the men are later allowed to reenlist.

    November

    T. R. visits Panama, becoming the first president to travel to a foreign country while in office.

    December

    T. R. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in ending the Russo-Japanese War. He is the first American to win a Nobel Prize.

  • 1907

    T. R.'s book Good Hunting is published.

    October

    The stock market crashes. To aid the situation the Treasury issues certificates and bonds which are sold to banks and T. R. refrains from blocking U.S. Steel's attempts to buy monopoly shares.

    December 16

    The tour of the Great White Fleet around the world begins. T. R.'s intention is to impress other countries with U.S. naval might. The fleet returns on February 22, 1909.

  • 1909

    March 4

    William Howard Taft is inaugurated as president.

    April

    T. R. goes to Mombasa, British East Africa, for a year to go on safari for the Smithsonian Institution; he kills 296 animals while there.

    T. R.'s book Outlook Editorials is published.

  • 1910

    March

    Joined by his wife, T. R. travels to Khartoum in Sudan and Egypt.

    T. R.'s books African Game Trails, American Problems, The New Nationalism, and African and European Addresses are published.

    T. R. tours Europe where he is treated with high esteem. The destinations include Italy, Vienna, Budapest, Paris, Brussels, The Hague, Copenhagen, and Christiana, Norway, where he gives his Nobel Prize speech. In Germany he attends the field maneuvers of the German army with Kaiser Wilhelm.

    May 20

    T. R. represents the United States at the state funeral of King Edward VII in Great Britain.

    June 18

    T. R. returns to New York and is given a hero's welcome.

    August 23

    T. R. begins a speaking tour of sixteen states in the West. There he puts forward the doctrine of New Nationalism, which encourages the government to enact reforms to ensure equality and justice for all.

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