Essay 1 - Willis Thai HI2104 11/16/07 Write 750-1000 words...

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Willis Thai HI2104 11/16/07 Write 750-1000 words contrasting the ideas of Theodore Roosevelt on manhood, citizenship, and race with those of WEB DuBois. Theodore Roosevelt and WEB Dubois, although different in skin color, are similar people. They were both important leaders of their times. Roosevelt, a white man, was the president of the United States, while Dubois, an African American, was a civil rights activist. In Roosevelt’s “The Strenuous Life” and Dubois’ “The Souls of Black Folk” their views on manhood, citizenship, and race can obtained. Roosevelt’s view on manhood was that a man should be the best he can be and should always live a strenuous life where the man works for the highest success possible. This is because he believed that the strength of the nation depended on the strength of the men in the nation. The men who fear the strenuous life will “shrink from seeing the nation undertake its new duties; shrink from seeing us build a navy and an army adequate to our need; shrink from seeing us do our share of the world’s work”. Another reason is Roosevelt’s support of Social Lamarckianism, which argues that species evolve “because of the selection of mutations, but in response of their environment”. The species that would be selected in Roosevelt’s case would be the men who lived a strenuous life. The weak nations will eventually die out or will be
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Essay 1 - Willis Thai HI2104 11/16/07 Write 750-1000 words...

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