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Mark Twain and the Colonel: Samuel L. Clemens, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Arrival of a New Century

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Mark Twain and the Colonel tells the story of two dominant figures in American culture and politics at the turn of the twentieth century. Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt were often in New York City during this time period and their paths crossed often. In their many appearances before the public, neither was heard to speak ill of the other. But in private they unburdened their minds more candidly, Roosevelt on one occasion volunteering that he would like to skin Mark Twain alive, and Twain saying that he thought Roosevelt to be far and away the worst President we have ever had. Philip McFarland tells the story of the rich years of American history between 1890 and 1910 through the fully engaged involvement of two of its most vital participants. The story begins in 1900, with a welcome on the New York piers extended to one of the nation's best loved figures as he returns from nearly a decade of self-imposed exile. The narrative then unfolds in six sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the United States of the early twentieth century that continues to matter to this day: America as an imperialist nation, America as a continental nation, America as a racial nation, America as a corporate nation, America at home, and America striving for peace. The story nears its end ten years later, in 1910, with that same figure returning once more to Manhattan, beshawled, seated on a deckchair, derby on his head, carried down the gangway while reporters wait on the pier yet again to welcome him home a final time. In this short span of years, the America of the late nineteenth century will move substantially closer to the America we know today, thanks in part to the influence and actions of Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt, two of the most influential figures of the age.

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"Though America's most famous satirist and the 26th president seldom came into direct contact, here McFarland (Loves of Harriet Beecher Stowe) presents the duo as dynamic foils, indicative of the social and political growing pains of the country. Differences in background and beliefs abounded: Roosevelt was an expansionist; Twain was a staunch anti-imperialist. The politician 'spurn idleness, to an extent that amazed those who knew him;' the humorist embraced 'the gypsy-like leaving behind of responsibilities.' Perhaps most telling of their disparate social roles is their handling of racial issues — while Twain grew vocally outraged at 'The United States of Lyncherdom,' Roosevelt fretted about losing the Southern vote. McFarland doesn't shy away from the complex notions each man had of the other — Twain called Roosevelt 'one of the most likeable men that I am acquainted with,' and also 'far and away the worst president we have ever had.' In addition to being a compelling duel biography, McFarland makes full use of Twain and Roosevelt's specific moment in time, using their opinions, vitriol, and praises to explore varying sides of issues that belabored the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Photos. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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ISBN:
9781442212268
Author:
Mcfarland, Philip
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Author:
McFarland, Philip
Subject:
US History-19th Century
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Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Though America's most famous satirist and the 26th president seldom came into direct contact, here McFarland (Loves of Harriet Beecher Stowe) presents the duo as dynamic foils, indicative of the social and political growing pains of the country. Differences in background and beliefs abounded: Roosevelt was an expansionist; Twain was a staunch anti-imperialist. The politician 'spurn idleness, to an extent that amazed those who knew him;' the humorist embraced 'the gypsy-like leaving behind of responsibilities.' Perhaps most telling of their disparate social roles is their handling of racial issues — while Twain grew vocally outraged at 'The United States of Lyncherdom,' Roosevelt fretted about losing the Southern vote. McFarland doesn't shy away from the complex notions each man had of the other — Twain called Roosevelt 'one of the most likeable men that I am acquainted with,' and also 'far and away the worst president we have ever had.' In addition to being a compelling duel biography, McFarland makes full use of Twain and Roosevelt's specific moment in time, using their opinions, vitriol, and praises to explore varying sides of issues that belabored the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Photos. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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