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Edmund Burke in AmericaThe Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism$
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Drew Maciag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448959

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448959.001.0001

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Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Blazing Forward, Looking Backward

Chapter:
(p.122) Chapter 7 Theodore Roosevelt
Source:
Edmund Burke in America
Author(s):

Drew Maciag

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448959.003.0008

This chapter analyzes the parallels between Burke and Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919). It argues that despite Roosevelt's “trailblazer” politics, there exists his more culturally conservative, Victorian, and backward-looking worldview. Roosevelt was not exclusively a modernizer. By his own admission, he also wanted to restore traditional conduct in America. In many ways he shared a common outlook with the Whigs and the genteel Victorians, particularly on two points: that the world remained above all else a moral universe, and that the moral universe could only be navigated properly by a man of virtue. In addition, the chapter also shows the contrasts between two otherwise psychologically and culturally similar statesmen.

Keywords:   Theodore Roosevelt, Whigs, Americanism, Progressive conservatism, aristocracy, Roosevelt's politics

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