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Searching for Theodore Roosevelt and ISIS

Dec 30, 2014

Theodore Roosevelt’s history and life remain relevant in the discussion of current events. The story of TR can be shaped and constructed to support a variety of opinions. He was a complex man who lived with great enthusiasm and connection to the world around him.  

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Serious Cartooning: "Crazy"

Dec 29, 2014

In 1902, ping-pong was all the rage. This cartoon depicts how excited people were getting about the new-fangled game. In five different scenes, groups of people turn away from normal daily pursuits to play table tennis.

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In His Own Words: Children's Delight on Christmas Morning

Dec 24, 2014

Theodore Roosevelt describes his children's delight on Christmas morning in 1890.

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Reading with Roosevelt in January: Alice in Wonderland

Dec 22, 2014

What do Theodore Roosevelt, Africa, and Alice in Wonderland all have in common? Read our Reading with Roosevelt selection in January to find out. We will start 2015 by looking at the Lewis Carroll classic, originally published in 1865.

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Walking through a Winter Wonderland with Anna Karenina in Hand

Dec 17, 2014

Winter walks can be tricky. Looking at the story of Theodore Roosevelt and the boat thieves can provide a few pointers to keep in mind.

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Books on First Ladies

Dec 15, 2014

Recently, I read Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson’s First Ladies by Kristie Miller. In books on Theodore Roosevelt, Wilson does not usually emerge as a full dimensional person. He is the president who refused to take action during World War I and thwarted TR’s great ambitions. In Miller’s book, Wilson emerges as an intellectual with a complicated life that depended on the love of multiple women. Those interested in learning more about first ladies throughout U.S. History can check out the following books:

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In His Own Words: TR Stops to Smell the Flowers

Dec 10, 2014

Theodore Roosevelt describes picking roses with three of the children.

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Ruth Hanna McCormick

Dec 03, 2014

In her book Ruth Hanna McCormick: A Life in Politics 1880-1944, historian and journalist Kristie Miller retraces the story of her own pioneering grandmother. While the author has a unique personal connection to her subject, Ruth’s story transcends the personal and offers us all a look at a pivotal period of history that was shaped by the politics of Theodore Roosevelt.

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Posted by Pamela Pierce on Dec 03, 2014 in History  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post