Tag: Roosevelt, Theodore

An Inventor’s Life That Was Incandescent Any Way You Look at It

EDISONBy Edmund Morris Edmund Morris died this past May of a stroke at the age of 78, having written the final sentence of “Edison” several months before. Composing in longhand and obsessed with the craft of writing — he considered 300 well-chosen words a day to be his productive limit — Morris was known for […]

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How Nationalism Can Destroy a Nation

Nationalism comes in many flavors — the ethnic and the civic, the religious and the secular, the right and the left. A century ago, Theodore Roosevelt’s New Nationalism called for inheritance taxes, a ban on corporate money in politics, workers’ compensation and a living wage. By contrast, the recent National Conservative Conference outlined a “new […]

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Who Owns Theodore Roosevelt?

Theodore Roosevelt died a century ago in January, but his political legacy remains up for grabs — today, perhaps, more than ever. Everybody wants him on their team. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, has repeatedly cited Roosevelt as her favorite president and her “dream” running mate because, like her, he pushed a progressive agenda that […]

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Angered by This Roosevelt Statue? A Museum Wants Visitors to Weigh In

There’s a quote that takes up its own wall at the American Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibition: It’s more important to tell the truth about the president — pleasant or unpleasant — than about anyone else. The words were written, in fact, by a president: Theodore Roosevelt. A century later, it’s hard to know […]

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Who Will Survive the Trade War?

America is entering a new era of tariffs. President Trump is in no hurry to resolve the trade dispute with China, he is adamant about imposing tariffs on Mexico, and farmers and companies are trying to figure how to withstand them for months or years, not weeks. This is not unprecedented. For the first half […]

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Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

THE CROWDED HOUR Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American CenturyBy Clay Risen It is almost impossible to write a book in which Theodore Roosevelt plays a supporting role. If he’s in it, he’s the star. Roosevelt’s ability to take over a story is all the more remarkable because none of […]

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The Rough Riders’ Guide to World Domination

In 1894, Benjamin Colbert, a 21-year-old Chickasaw Indian from the Oklahoma Territory, quit his railroad job and made his way to Guatemala. There he intended to board a ship to Cuba — tensions between Spain and the island, under Madrid’s control for nearly 400 years, were coming to a boil, and he was eager to […]

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Edmund Morris, Reagan Biographer Who Upset Conventions, Dies at 78

Edmund Morris, who wrote an acclaimed biography of Theodore Roosevelt but is best known for his life of Ronald Reagan, in which the author inserted himself as a fictional narrator, a device that baffled and angered some historians, died on Friday in Danbury, Conn. He was 78. His death, at a hospital following a stroke […]

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