Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

The Federal Lawyer
Joshua Hawley's achievement is that he does not let us forget that, with all his idiosyncrasies, Theodore Roosevelt remains one of America's great figures.—Henry S. Cohn, The Federal Lawyer

— Henry S. Cohn

Washington Times
The author analyzes his subject so as to explain how a headstrong, elitist continues to be listed among our greater presidents.—John M. and Priscilla S. Taylor, Washington Times

— John M. and Priscilla S. Taylor

Choice
Hawley has pieced together an interesting interpretation of Theodore Roosevelt. . . . [A] well-written, insightful book. Recommended.—Choice
Mark Lytle
“Hawley situates Roosevelt in a rich political/intellectual culture that stretches from the 1870s until the First World War and provides a perspective on Theodore Roosevelt that is largely missing from current historiography.”—Mark Lytle, Bard College
John Morton Blum
“A fresh and persuasive approach to Theodore Roosevelt.”—John Morton Blum, Yale University
David Kennedy
“Theodore Roosevelt deserves to be acknowledged at least as much for what he thought as for what he did, and with this book Hawley at last redresses the balance between Roosevelt the thinker and Roosevelt the doer. Those who read Preacher of Righteousness will never again be able to dismiss him simply as 'pure act', a legendary description archly tendered by Roosevelt's learned friend, Henry Adams.”—From the Foreword by David Kennedy
Lewis L. Gould
“Joshua Hawley has made an important contribution to the literature on Theodore Roosevelt. His well-written study reminds readers that Roosevelt was a provocative political thinker whose influence on American thought and institutions continues to be profound. Hawley’s work captures the energy and insight that Roosevelt brought to the art of politics.”—Lewis L. Gould, author of Grand Old Party: A History of the Republicans
The Federal Lawyer - Henry S. Cohn
"Joshua Hawley's achievement is that he does not let us forget that, with all his idiosyncrasies, Theodore Roosevelt remains one of America's great figures."—Henry S. Cohn, The Federal Lawyer
Washington Times - John M. and Priscilla S. Taylor
"The author analyzes his subject so as to explain how a headstrong, elitist continues to be listed among our greater presidents."—John M. and Priscilla S. Taylor, Washington Times
Choice
"Hawley has pieced together an interesting interpretation of Theodore Roosevelt. . . . [A] well-written, insightful book. Recommended."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300120103
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,027,769
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Joshua Hawley is a graduate of Stanford University and the Yale Law School, and is currently judicial clerk to John G. Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States. He lives in St. Louis, MO.

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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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