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Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919) to Oscar King Davis

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08003 Author/Creator: Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919) Place Written: Oyster Bay, New York Type: Typed letter signed Date: 23 June 1915 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: "I am pretty well disgusted with our government ... in a democracy like ours people will always do well or ill largely in proportion to their leadership. If Lincoln had acted after the firing on Fort Sumter in the way that Wilson did about the sinking of the Lusitania, in one month the North would have been saying they were so glad he kept them out of the war ... and all hazards of fratricidal war must be averted. "

People: Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
Davis, Oscar King
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Keywords/Subjects: Government and Civics, Military History, Progressive Era, President, World War I, Maritime, Civil War, Politics, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Fort Sumter, Battle of Fort Sumter, Vice President

Sub Era: World War One