By J. Lee Thompson
In a existence packed with momentous episodes, Theodore Roosevelt's fifteen-month post-presidential odyssey to Africa and Europe hasn't ever been given its due position. A story of bold experience, foreign star, a friendship misplaced, and a political legacy remodeled, Theodore Roosevelt in a foreign country is the 1st complete account of this crucial time in historical past.
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The two copies were dispatched in separate blue canvas envelopes to insure one made it to New York. He sent off the first article, titled “A Railroad Through the Pleistocene,” on May 12. ” Theodore, Kermit, Pease, and another settler, Clifford Hill, set forth with gun bearers, sais, and a few porters to 36 THEODORE ROOSEVELT ABROAD carry the game, while the rest of the heavily laden safari followed behind. Nearby were herds of hartebeest, wildebeest, and Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles. The last, called “tommies,” the Colonel recorded, were “pretty, alert, little things” half the size of the American prongbuck.
It was bad enough that her soul mate soon would be disappearing into the 18 THEODORE ROOSEVELT ABROAD wilds of Africa for almost a year, but he was taking along Kermit, her favorite, as company. Archie Butt and others noticed, “some beautiful understanding” between the reed-thin young man and his mother. 59 The prospect of a long separation and the dangers of a safari appeared “pretty hard on Mrs. 61 Dr. Mearns suggested they take along a “movie picture machine” offered cost free by Thomas Edison in return for the advertising rights, but Roosevelt vetoed the idea.
An Ohio native, Taft had studied at Yale and been a lawyer and judge in Cincinnati before becoming Solicitor-General of the United States in 1890. Ten years later Taft was made president of the Philippine Commission and in 1901 the first Civil governor of the islands. In 1904 he became secretary of war, and since then had in addition done yeoman service as TR’s agent overseeing the construction of the Panama Canal, while also acting in 1906 20 THEODORE ROOSEVELT ABROAD as provisional governor of Cuba.
Theodore Roosevelt Abroad: Nature, Empire, and the Journey of an American President by J. Lee Thompson