On September 2, 1901, United States Vice President Theodore Roosevelt outlined his ideal foreign policy in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minnesota: “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.” Two weeks later, Roosevelt became president and “Big Stick diplomacy” defined his leadership.Big Stick diplomacy is the policy of carefully mediated negotiation ("speaking softly") supported by the unspoken threat of a powerful military ("big stick"). The Great White Fleet, a group of American warships that toured the world in a show of peaceful strength, is the leading example of Big Stick diplomacy during Roosevelt’s presidency.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry broker Verb
to negotiate an agreement.
art and science of maintaining peaceful relationships between nations, groups, or individuals.
Encyclopedic Entry: diplomacy expand Verb
to grow or get larger.
foreign policy Noun
courses of action or thought that guide a nation's relationship with other nations.
force that effects the actions, behavior, or policies of others.
to intervene or bring about change between different people, ideas, or methods of doing something.
to discuss with others of different viewpoints in order to reach an agreement, contract, or treaty.
Nobel Peace Prize Noun
award recognizing the contributions of a person or organization to "work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace."
representation of a boundary or definition.
set of actions or rules.
to travel from place to place.
official agreement between groups of people.
seagoing vessel built for armed conflict.