Unit 10: Evolution of Republican Policies

Modern GOP Elephant

Unit 10 High School

Unit Overview

Subjects Covered
Grammar, Literature, Composition, History
Time Period
Grade Level
High School: 9 – 12
A Doll’s House – by Henrik Ibsen

Roosevelt Corollary of Monroe Doctrine

Unit Description

When Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office, the presidency passed to a new generation and a leader of a new type recalling, if comparisons must be made, Andrew Jackson more than any Republican predecessor. Roosevelt was brusque, hearty, restless and fond of action. He was interested in everything – a new species of game, a new book, a diplomatic riddle, or a novel theory of history or biology. Though only forty-three years old he was well versed in the art of practical politics.

From the day of his inauguration to the close of his service in 1909, President Roosevelt, in messages, speeches, and interviews, kept up a lively and interesting discussion about trusts, capital, labor, poverty, riches, law-breaking, good citizenship, and kindred themes. He stated that he was “bent upon making the government, the most efficient possible instrument in helping the people of the United States to better themselves in every way, politically, socially, and industrially. [He] believed with all [his] heart in real and thorough-going democracy and [he] wished to make the democracy industrial as well as political, although [he] had only partially formulated the method [he] believed we should follow.”

The Democrats denounced the president as erratic, dangerous, and radical and decided to assume the moderate role themselves by selecting as their candidate Judge Alton B. Parker of New York. This strategy did not work and Parker’s standing in the polls plummeted. Thus vindicated, Roosevelt became more outspoken than ever during his second term and helped to lay the groundwork for his successor, William H. Taft.

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • Honesty is a character quality to be desired.
    • The Lord detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please Him. — Proverbs 20:23
  • The Bible provides the ethics upon which to judge people and nations.
  • God is sovereign over the affairs of men.
    • From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. — Acts 17:26
  • Scripture addresses the Christian’s Responsibility to Government.
    • Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of him who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. — Romans 13:1-7

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The Arts


Pablo Picasso


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Gustav Mahler