A Companion to Theodore Roosevelt by Serge Ricard

By Serge Ricard

A spouse to Theodore Roosevelt is the 1st complete anthology to surround Roosevelt as entire, highlighting either his character and his expert international relations.

  • Revitalizes and internationalizes scholarship in this most well-liked and highly-rated American president
  • Covers many elements of Roosevelt’s character and his guidelines, household and overseas, to create a whole photo of the man
  • Provides scholarship from each side of the Atlantic, from tested Roosevelt specialists,  revered students, and a brand new new release of historians
  • A new and clean historiographical exploration of Roosevelt’s existence and ideas, political profession and achievements, and his legacies

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The toothy grin and squinting eyes were familiar, and so was the reedy voice. But as former Harvard classmate William Roscoe Thayer noted after seeing TR later that year, he now sported “the neck of a Titan … and broad shoulders and stalwart chest” (Lang 1926, 176, 219; Sewall 1919, 41; Thayer 1919, 51). During the ensuing months TR divided his time between taking care of his cattle business at the Elkhorn and overseeing the construction of his new home at Sagamore Hill. The coming fall and winter might have been rather uneventful, but for one thing.

When the 29-year -old TR reappeared in the East that fall, he did so with the perspective of a westerner. On December 8, 1887, at an informal gathering in the Madison Avenue home of his sister Anna, he helped to found the Boone and Crockett Club. ” At the same time they vowed to lobby Congress for legislation to protect endangered species. Soon TR also began writing a trilogy of narratives detailing his experiences ranching and hunting in the Badlands and Northern Rockies. At the same time, he had already begun research on an even more ambitious undertaking, a sweeping four-volume history of the westward movement; he would call his monumental work The Winning of the West (Roosevelt 1893; Morris 1979, 383–84).

During that same first, one-year term in the Assembly, TR championed the impeachment of New York Supreme Court judge Theodore Westbrook. Westbrook had been publicly accused of helping depress the value of Manhattan Elevated Railway Company stock to allow its acquisition by the notorious financier Jay Gould. TR took keen note of the fact that three months after the accusations had been made in the press, Westbrook still had not professed his innocence. TR called for a bill empowering the Assembly Judiciary Committee to investigate Westbrook, thus taking on powerful interests while still only a freshman legislator.

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