Although outwardly he was aggressive and a firm enforcer of Progressivism through his established laws and acts, inwardly he was a Conservative, and really just wanted things to remain the same.
Roosevelt was highly against organized power, Hofstadter asserts that through Roosevelt’s regulation of the American economy, his antipathy towards organized power and the wealthy, and his relationship between the wealthy and the working classes as an arbiter, Roosevelt believes in Conservatism, yet his many actions of Progressivism dictate otherwise.
The Indians could go live in the then-unwanted land where Oklahoma now is: the 'Great American Desert.' In 1830, Congress passed a Removal Act to allow the Indians to be forced out (Wallace 66).
The states in questions began passing "destructive legislation" (Wallace 75) to harrass the Native Americans off their land. "Indians were denied the right to vote, to bring suit, even to testify in court (as heathens all--despite the evidence of conversion for many--they could not swear a Christian oath)" (Wallace 75).
Yet TR did not wish to abuse his office, though he might have.
TR had several negative examples for commanding the country.
Hofstadter in his article states that Theodore Roosevelt throughout his presidency and before was known to be a relatively aggressive person, as he always wanted to impose himself on others.
This, Hofstadter relates largely to his approach on the regulation of the American economy. Grade Saver provides access to 1215 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 9409 literature essays, 2423 sample college application essays, 424 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site!
In the piece, Theodore Roosevelt: The Conservative as Progressive, Hofstadter portrays the complex man that is Theodore Roosevelt.
Roosevelt was always about social reform, as he wanted a slight government regulation of the American economy because he believed that some of the monopolies that had been established at this time were a hindrance to society, while also corrupt through trusts.