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Heir to the Empire City

New York and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt
Kohn, Edward P. (Book - 2014)
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"Theodore Roosevelt is best remembered as America's prototypical "cowboy" president--an outdoorsy, rough-riding figure who was as versatile with a six-shooter as he was with a pen, and who derived his political wisdom from a life spent in rugged and inhospitable environs: the Dakota Badlands, the battlefields of Cuba, and the African savannah. Roosevelt himself did little to dispel his outdoorsy aura, and for decades historians have bought into this mythology. Yet while such experiences certainly contributed to Roosevelt's progressive politics and abiding love of the natural world, they've played an excessive role in defining his biography. In fact, Roosevelt was a native Manhattanite who came of age in the upper crust of New York society, and the reformist, anti-corruption policies for which he would come to be known were firmly rooted in the realities of life in the 19th-century city. A riveting portrait of a man and a city on the brink of greatness, Heir to the Empire City reveals that Roosevelt was a New Yorker through and through, and that his true education took place not on the ranges of the West but on the mean streets of New York"-- "Theodore Roosevelt is best remembered as America's prototypical "cowboy" president-a Rough Rider who derived his political wisdom from a youth spent in the untamed American West. But while the great outdoors certainly shaped Roosevelt's identity, historian Edward P. Kohn argues that it was his hometown of New York that made him the progressive president we celebrate today. During his early political career, Roosevelt took on local Republican factions and Tammany Hall Democrats alike, proving his commitment to reform at all costs. He combated the city's rampant corruption, and helped to guide New York through the perils of rabid urbanization and the challenges of accommodating an influx of immigrants-experiences that would serve him well as president of the United States. A riveting account of a man and a city on the brink of greatness, Heir to the Empire City reveals that Roosevelt's true education took place not in the West but on the mean streets of nineteenth-century New York. "--
Authors: Kohn, Edward P. (Edward Parliament), 1968-
Title: Heir to the Empire City
New York and the making of Theodore Roosevelt
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books,, [2014]
Characteristics: xv, 256 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Introduction : New York Knickerbocker
Prologue: June 18, 1910, Homecoming
"This Little Rocky Island" : New York at Roosevelt's Birth
"It's Roosevelt from New York" : Roosevelt At Harvard
"The Dirtiest City in the Universe" 1881 : A Year in New York
"A Revolting State of Affairs" Roosevelt's Work in the New York Assembly
"Hero Land" : Roosevelt's Trips West
"Into the Yawning Gulf" : Roosevelt's 1886 Bid for Mayor
"With Fidelity and Integrity"
Roosevelt as Civil Service Commissioner
"There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" : Roosevelt as Police Commissioner
"The Ritz Riders" : Assistant Secretary of the Navy, War in Cuba, and Roosevelt's Path to Albany
"Governor of the Entire Party" Roosevelt, Thomas Platt, and the New York Governorship
"The Direct Antithesis of McKinley" : The New York President.
Summary: "Theodore Roosevelt is best remembered as America's prototypical "cowboy" president--an outdoorsy, rough-riding figure who was as versatile with a six-shooter as he was with a pen, and who derived his political wisdom from a life spent in rugged and inhospitable environs: the Dakota Badlands, the battlefields of Cuba, and the African savannah. Roosevelt himself did little to dispel his outdoorsy aura, and for decades historians have bought into this mythology. Yet while such experiences certainly contributed to Roosevelt's progressive politics and abiding love of the natural world, they've played an excessive role in defining his biography. In fact, Roosevelt was a native Manhattanite who came of age in the upper crust of New York society, and the reformist, anti-corruption policies for which he would come to be known were firmly rooted in the realities of life in the 19th-century city. A riveting portrait of a man and a city on the brink of greatness, Heir to the Empire City reveals that Roosevelt was a New Yorker through and through, and that his true education took place not on the ranges of the West but on the mean streets of New York"--
"Theodore Roosevelt is best remembered as America's prototypical "cowboy" president-a Rough Rider who derived his political wisdom from a youth spent in the untamed American West. But while the great outdoors certainly shaped Roosevelt's identity, historian Edward P. Kohn argues that it was his hometown of New York that made him the progressive president we celebrate today. During his early political career, Roosevelt took on local Republican factions and Tammany Hall Democrats alike, proving his commitment to reform at all costs. He combated the city's rampant corruption, and helped to guide New York through the perils of rabid urbanization and the challenges of accommodating an influx of immigrants-experiences that would serve him well as president of the United States. A riveting account of a man and a city on the brink of greatness, Heir to the Empire City reveals that Roosevelt's true education took place not in the West but on the mean streets of nineteenth-century New York. "--
Local Note: 15 53 112 118 133 172 188 210 211
ISBN: 9780465069750
0465024297
9780465024292
Statement of Responsibility: Edward P. Kohn
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-238) and index.
Subject Headings: Presidents United States Biography. New York (N.Y.) Biography. New York (N.Y.) History 1865-1898. Politicians New York (State) Biography. Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
Topical Term: Presidents
Politicians
LCCN: 2013032232
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