Ken Burns Classroom

Theodore Roosevelt The Warmonger

Ken Burns Film: The Roosevelts

Collections: Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 7-12

Video Run Time: 8:28

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.