Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness

Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness

by Joshua David Hawley
     
 

Often dismissed by scholars as an opportunistic politician whose ideas lacked historical import, Theodore Roosevelt has been underestimated as a thinker. But to disdain Roosevelt’s politics is to overlook his important and lasting contributions to the shape of modern America, says the author of this compelling new study of the 26th president of the United

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Often dismissed by scholars as an opportunistic politician whose ideas lacked historical import, Theodore Roosevelt has been underestimated as a thinker. But to disdain Roosevelt’s politics is to overlook his important and lasting contributions to the shape of modern America, says the author of this compelling new study of the 26th president of the United States. Joshua Hawley examines Roosevelt’s political thought more deeply than ever before to arrive at a fully revised understanding of his legacy: Roosevelt galvanized a twenty-year period of national reform that permanently altered American politics and Americans’ expectations for government, social progress, and presidents.

 

The book explores the historical context of Theodore Roosevelt’s politics, its intellectual sources, its practice, and its effect on his era and our own. Hawley finds that Roosevelt developed a coherent political science centered on the theme of righteousness, and this “warrior republicanism” was what made the progressive era possible. The debates of Roosevelt’s era were driven largely by his ideas, and from those debates emerged the grammar of our contemporary politics. Casting new light on the fertility and breadth of Roosevelt’s thought, Hawley reveals the full extent of his achievement in twentieth-century intellectual history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300120103
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   David M. Kennedy     xi
Preface     xv
In the Father's House     1
A Small, Ornithological Boy     20
Race and Destiny     32
The Code of a Warrior     48
Apostle of Expansion     75
The Fate of Coming Years     91
Master-Spirit     115
Warrior Republicanism     138
The Progress of a Progressive     163
A Prophet's Return     190
Battle for the Lord     207
The Valley of Vision     235
Epilogue     260
Author's Note     269
Notes     271
Index     307

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