The Teapot Dome Scandal

In the first years of the 20th century, the United States of America stepped onto the world stage. The defeat of Spain in the Spanish-American War had not only lead to the US inheriting its possessions in the Pacific and Caribbean, but it also led to the Presidency of San Juan Hill war hero Theodore Roosevelt, who championed an American place in the world, declaring that he would “speak softly and carry a big stick”. That “big stick” was the US Navy. One of the first things Roosevelt did in office was to arrange for the American battleship “Great White Fleet” to make an around-the-world tour as a show of strength. The United States, it demonstrated, was now a global power.


Interior Secretary Albert Fall’s desk, on display at the Tularosa Basin Museum of History in Alamogordo

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