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Charging Up San Juan Hill: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of Imperial America.


Charging Up San Juan Hill: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of Imperial America

John R. Van Atta

Johns Hopkins University Press


210 pages


Witness to History


Van Atta, who teaches American history at a college preparatory school, describes the Battle of San Juan Hill, focusing on Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, as well as the political aftermath of the Spanish-American War and the cultural shift toward an overseas empire by a republican nation whose original political identity was created in revolutionary defiance of imperial power. He shows how Roosevelt reflected cultural currents during the time that motivated his major choices in the late 1890s, particularly his decision to fight in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He explains how Roosevelt's wartime experience led to his championing of American involvement in world affairs and how the conception, formation, and public image of the Rough Riders related to questions of nation or empire-building, as well as aspects of culture and society and considerations related to weapons, strategy, leadership, economic power, and national interest. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Title Annotation:John R. Van Atta
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Date:Sep 1, 2018
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