Theodore Roosevelt explores the personal and political life of the 26th President of the United States. 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 and bettering workplaces and consumer products; and conserving wildlife and natural resources. Contrary to popular conception, 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 studying and instructors teaching courses on the Gilded Age and Progressive Period in American history.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments; Preface; Introduction: A Strenuous Life and Transformative Career; Constructs of Manliness: Through a Gender Lens and Analysis; Part I: Theodore Roosevelt; Chapter 1: Acquiring Traits of Manliness: Sorting Out the Challenges of Childhood, Family, and Harvard; Chapter 2: Practicing Manliness: Alternating Performances as Anti-Corruption Assemblyman; Independent Rancher and Hunter; Anti-Corruption Commissioner; Anti-Corruption President of the Police Board; Chapter 3: Manliness Fulfilled: Ultimate Risk, Ultimate Courage, and Near-Ultimate Success; Service as Assistant Secretary of the Navy; Performance as "Rough Rider"; Chapter 4: Many President and "Square Dealer"; Chapter 5: Manly Imperialist and Nobel Prize Laureate; Chapter 6: Manly Hunter and Conservationist; Chapter 7: Roosevelt the Progressive and His Last Transformation; Conclusion; Part II: Documents; Bibliography
Neil H. Cogan is Professor at Whitter College, USA, and teaches courses in history, law, and political science. As a practicing lawyer, he specializes in racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination cases, as well as free speech.