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        Theodore Roosevelt: Warmonger | The Roosevelts

        Theodore Roosevelt understood early on that the United States' bid to become a world power would depend upon her commitment to building a strong navy. Thus when William McKinley was elected president, Roosevelt lobbied to be appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy. When the U.S. battleship Maine was blown up in Havana, Roosevelt seized the opportunity to put the American Navy to the test.

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