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The Republican Roosevelt, by John M. Blum

- Abstract

There was more to Theodore Roosevelt than the grimace, toothy grin, and pristine vigor which are his trademark—not unlike the stripes on Uncle Sam’s pants. His blustering hundred per-centism; his busting up and cracking down; his treading softly and carrying a big stick; his “Gentlemen, the Almighty God and the Just Cause are with You”; his boy scout morality (which was gratified by the suicide of Tolstoy’s heroine Anna Karenina)—all these have endured in the national character beyond the interment of the mortal Roosevelt at Oyster Bay in 1919. Some of the chief issues with which he wrestled as President of the United States between 1901 and 1908 have also endured, notably those of big business regulation and foreign policy; his administration was in many ways a curtain raiser on our own era, both domestically and internationally. Particularly relevant to our own time is Roosevelt’s wrestling with the problem of power; on this theme of power Professor Blum has based his narrative.



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