Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2013
Thu December 12, 2013
T.R.'s Roots: "Heir To The Empire City"
Any discussion of American President Theodore Roosevelt often goes straight to his tough-guy image.
Yes, he charged up San Juan Hill in Cuba with a unit called The Rough Riders.
Yes, he actually delivered a speech with a bullet still in his body, after being shot.
But Roosevelt's image belied his background as the privileged son of a prominent New York family. His work in and for New York is the subject of Edward P. Kohn's book Heir to the Empire City: New York and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt.