We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American… Theodore Roosevelt


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Hot time in the old town : the great heat wave of 1896 and the making of Theodore Roosevelt  Edward P. Kohn  New York : Basic Books, c 2010  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xv, 288 p. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-278) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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.

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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, this book reveals that Roosevelt’s true education took place not in the West but on the mean streets of nineteenth-century New York.

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