Friday, May 20, 2005

Theodore Roosevelt and the Image of Empire

Theodore Roosevelt and the Image of Empire - Political cartoons published from 1898-1916 show how Roosevelt's advocacy of imperialism and the strenuous life dominated his image after the Spanish-American War.

From the site:

In its "Record of Current Events" column in May of 1898, the American Review of Reviews published a photograph of Theodore Roosevelt with a brief caption saying that he had been commissioned a lieutentant-colonel of cavalry volunteers. The photo is interesting as one of the last distributed through the press before his image was transformed during and after the Spanish-American War.

Roosevelt's fame as a leader of the Rough Riders dominated post-war portrayals, and his April 10, 1899, speech on "The Strenuous Life" seemed to solidify the change in his image. His advocacy of imperialism, war, and the strenuous life were combined in images published after the Spanish-American War. Whether he was shown making a charge up Capitol Hill or engaging in hand-to-hand combat with grizzly bears in Colorado, Theodore Roosevelt was the conquering hero. His image became a personification of American imperialism. This collection shows how that image was developed in political cartoons published from 1898 onward.

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