Within the covers of this book is contained the essence of Theodore Roosevelt—the ideals, principles, and convictions for which he lived; the thoughts, views, and opinions he expressed on a multitude of issues. The variety of subjects represented lends added testimony to the breadth of Mr. Roosevelt's knowledge and the scope of his interests. No attempt has been made to include selections on every aspect of every topic; rather the emphasis has been placed on obtaining the most important and revealing quotations. With but two or three exceptions, in which the information is not available, each selection is dated and fully identified—whether taken from letter, speech, state paper, magazine article, or book by Theodore Roosevelt. In a like number of instances, parts of quotations have been duplicated for emphasis and to clarify other selections. The quotations have not been edited with a view toward introducing uniformity of style, form, or spelling; they were written over a period of almost half a century and since the divergences were Mr. Roosevelt's, they have been retained. However, certain obvious errors have been corrected when they interfered with the presentation of ideas.
The majority of selections have been secured from the following sources:
The Works of Theodore Roosevelt. Memorial Edition. 24 volumes. (New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1923-26.) Cited as Mem. Ed.
The Works of Theodore Roosevelt. National Edition. 20 volumes. (New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926.) Cited as Nat. Ed.
Presidential Addresses and State Papers; European Addresses.Homeward Bound Edition. 8 volumes. (New York, The Review of Reviews Co., 1910.)
Selections from the Correspondence of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, 1884-1918. 2 volumes. (New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925.) Cited as Lodge Letters.
Letters from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt Cowles, 1870-1918. (New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1924.) Cited as Cowles Letters.
Theodore Roosevelt and His Time, shown in his own letters. By Joseph B. Bishop. 2 volumes. (New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920.) Cited as Bishop.
Roosevelt in Kansas City Star; war-time editorials by Theodore Roosevelt. Edited by Ralph Stout. (Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1921.)
Corinne Roosevelt Robinson, My Brother, Theodore Roosevelt. (New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1921.)
An analysis of the contents of the Memorial Edition and the National Edition is presented in order to facilitate further reading and reference by those who may not have access to either of these collections but would like to consult other printings.
I. Hunting Trips of a Ranchman. (1885.) "Game-Shooting in the West," Outing, 1886. Good Hunting. (1907.)
II. The Wilderness Hunter. (1893.)
III. Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter. (1905.)
IV. A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open. (1916.) Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail. (1888.) V. African Game Trails. (1910.)
VI. Through the Brazilian Wilderness. (1914.) Papers on Natural History. (Speeches and articles in periodicals.)
VII. The Naval War of 1812. (1882.)
VIII. Thomas Hart Benton. (1887.) Gouverneur Morris. (1888.)
IX. Hero Tales from American History. (1895.) New York. (1891.) X. The Winning of the West. (1889-1896.)
XI. The Winning of the West. XII. The Winning of the West. Men of Action. (Speeches, articles on contemporary and historical figures and events.)
XIII. The Rough Riders. (1899.) Oliver Cromwell. (1900.)
XIV. Literary Essays. (Addresses, magazine articles, reviews on literature, history, books and authors.)
XV. American Ideals. (1897.) The Strenuous Life. (1900.) Realizable Ideals. (1912; lectures delivered spring 1911.)
XVI. Campaigns and Controversies. (Speeches and articles, 1882-1900.)
XIX. The Foes of Our Own Household. The Great Adventure. Letters to His Children.
I. Hunting Trips of a Ranchman. Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail.
II. The Wilderness Hunter. Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter.
III. Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter. (Concluded.) A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open.
IV. African Game Trails.
V. Through the Brazilian Wilderness. Papers on Natural History.
VI. The Naval War of 1812.
VII. Thomas Hart Benton. Gouverneur Morris.
VIII. The Winning of the West. IX. The Winning of the West.
X. Hero Tales from American History. Oliver Cromwell. New York.
XI. The Rough Riders. Men of Action. XII. Literary Essays.
XIII. American Ideals. The Strenuous Life. Realizable Ideals.
XIV. Campaigns and Controversies. XV. State Papers as Governor and President.
XVI. American Problems. XVII. Social Justice and Popular Rule.
XVIII. America and the World War.
Fear God and Take Your Own Part.
XVII. State Papers as Governor and President.
XVIII. American Problems. (Miscellaneous addresses, etc.)
XIX. Social Justice and Popular Rule. (The Progressive Movement, 1910-1916.)
XX. America and the World War. (1915.) Fear God and Take Your Own Part. (1916.)
XXI. The Foes of Our Own Household. (1917.) The Great Adventure. (1918.) Letters to His Children.
XXII. Autobiography. (1913.)
XXIII-XXIV. Theodore Roosevelt and His
Time, by Joseph B. Bishop.
More than five hundred other works dealing with Theodore Roosevelt, his time and his contemporaries were consulted and quotations taken from about one-third of that number. In each case the excerpt is identified and the source indicated. The editors wish to acknowledge their indebtedness to the Roosevelt Estate; Charles Scribner's Sons; Doubleday, Doran and Company; D. Appleton-Century Company; G.P. Putnam's Sons; The Macmillan Company; Longmans, Green and Company; Harper and Brothers; Dodd, Mead and Company; Little, Brown and Company; Harcourt, Brace and Company; Farrar and Rinehart; Houghton Mifflin Company, as well as to the other publishers noted in the text.
A. B. H.
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