240 pages | 12 B/W Illus.
Theodore Roosevelt explores the personal and political life of the 26th President of the U.S.A. It considers among other things his ‘manliness’, a gendered framework of traits for the Gilded Age and Progressive Period guiding him and other men in business, politics and war, and shows how the development of these traits transformed Roosevelt’s personal and political decisions.
The work covers a storied personal life and emphasizes mental and physical challenges from depression, asthma, partial blindness, and attempted assassination. Cogan addresses the political transformation from traditional to "Square Deal" Republican, to "Bull Moose" Progressive. The text also reviews initiatives dismissing corrupt officials, closing saloons, and arresting pimps; busting monopolies, bettering workplaces and consumer products; and conserving wildlife and natural resources. Contrary to popular misconception, Roosevelt’s manliness was not macho masculinity. Rather it was an evolving framework of traits, including courage, service, and Christian morality.
Supported by a series of intriguing primary source documents, this book is essential reading for understanding Roosevelt, his era, and his manliness. It is an accessible tool for students and instructors teaching courses on the Gilded Age and Progressive Period in American History.
Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction: A Strenuous Life and Transformative Career; Constructs of Manliness Through A Gender Lens and Analysis; Chapter I: Acquiring Traits of Manliness: Sorting Out the Challenges of Childhood, Family, and Harvard; Chapter II. Practicing Manliness: Alternating Performances as Anti-Corruption Assemblyman; Independent Rancher and Hunter; Anti-Corruption Commissioner; Anti-Corruption President of the Police Board; Chapter III. Manliness Fulfilled: Ultimate Risk, Ultimate Courage, and Near-Ultimate Success; Service as Assistant Secretary of the Navy; Performance as "Rough Rider"; Chapter IV. President as Manly Square Dealer and Progressive; Chapter V. President as Manly Imperialist and Nobel Peace Laureate; Chapter VI. President as Manly Hunter and Conservationist; Chapter VII. Last Transformation and Hurrah of Manliness; Conclusion; Documents; Bibliography