Theodore Roosevelt and six friends of the Indian by William T. Hagan

By William T. Hagan

Theodore Roosevelt and 6 pals of the Indian [May 01, 2002] Hagan, William T.

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Nor did his social life slacken. He was welcomed to the salons of the most interesting and discriminating hosts in Washington, including Henry Adams and John Hay, who viewed their young friend's exuberant energy with wry amusement. A wide range of people found Roosevelt's companionship delightfully stimulating. "31 Despite Roosevelt's many other interests and activities, his education in Indian affairs continued at the hands of friends of the Indian. In early 1890 Herbert Welsh was endeavoring to prevent Utes' being removed from Colorado to Utah, and he enlisted George Bird Grinnell in this fight; for Roosevelt he had a more appropriate assignment.

Gould and Donald J. Berthrong for their careful and most helpful readings of the entire manuscript. WILLIAM T. HAGAN NORMAN, OKLAHOMA Page 3 1 An Education in Indian Advocacy On the afternoon of September 13, 1901, Theodore Roosevelt descended gloomy Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks in response to alarming reports from the bedside of President William McKinley. The president's death dropped onto Roosevelt's sturdy shoulders the wide-ranging responsibilities of one of the most powerful offices in the world.

But the best he could offer was to propose that at least some of these girls might be employed by the government in reservation schools and offices. "52 When newspaper editors ignored the commissioner's official report on his travels, the IRA printed and distributed three thousand copies. Roosevelt had reached some general conclusions as a result of his tour of inspection. "53 Roosevelt believed that the Indians lagged far behind the whites in their cultural evolution. 54 He believed, however, that it could be done in three or four, although not all would make it.

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