Skip to comments.Theodore Roosevelt thanks Grant for his racist, eugenic book
Posted on 03/20/2012 12:51:34 PM PDT by ProgressingAmerica
In Scribners' magazine, 1917, here is what Roosevelt wrote:
"The book is a capital book; in purpose, in vision, in grasp of the facts our people most need to realize. It shows an extraordinary range of reading and a wide scholarship. It shows a habit of singular serious thought on the subject of most commanding importance. It shows a fine fearlessness in assailing the popular and mischievous sentimentalities and attractive and corroding falsehoods which few men dare assail. It is the work of an American scholar and gentleman; and all Americans should be sincerely grateful to you for writing it"
- Theodore Roosevelt
This is also the book that's widely rumored to be Hitler's "bible". What great company, eh? Roosevelt and Hitler, great nationalists of world history. (that's sarcasm, for those who missed it) Now, I can't source that quote, so I do take it with a grain of salt. But I know there's plenty out there which is not available online.
It's important to note that Grant was a huge conservationist. But as is with everything else that progressives engage in, their stated goal is only a means. The end is what makes them dangerous.
Who is Grant?
Who is the “Grant” that this is referring to? I even went on the link and couldn’t find it. Is it Ulysses S. Grant?
Teddy Roosevelt may have been a Republican (until he became a Bull Moose), but he was very, very Progessive, which was the word that Marxists used back then.
Madison Grant. 1865-1937
Teddy Roseveldt was a vicious bigot, repeatedly writing about “how all the great races are warrior races” and other such precursors to Hitler.
How about this quote (one my 100% Mescalero Apache wife likes to point out):
“”I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn’t like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth.””
UHm, ahem, “racist” and “racism” hadn’t yet been invented by the Soviets at that time. Just check a contemporary dictionary.
Evidently Madison Grant.
Again, you are judging historical figures by today’s standards. This is 100 years ago, when there was limited knowledge about medicine in general, never mind genetics. TR was inquisitive about a subject that seemed to have possibilites to prevent illnesses and help the health of mankind. At the time, genetics was a blank slate. To judge these view equipped with the genetic knowledge of today would rightly produce outrage. To judge TR on his interest on the subject AT THAT TIME is just wrong. Hitler’s views were a full generation later and were far more involved, as were Margaret Sanger’s.
The link malformed when I put it into my posting, and didn’t carry over here.
Roosevelt is referring to Madison Grant, and his book “The Passing of the Great Race”. I changed the wording and corrected the link on the posting.
—not long before his death, TR also made favorable note of a rising young Italian politician named Mussolini-—
You’re wasting your time. All this blog pimp does is talk smack about T.Roosevelt. I’m sure he’s a much more accomplished man.
Hindsight makes judgment a little easier.
I don’t know great deal about Ulysses Grant, but even I know better than that.
Mescalero Apache? Be careful what she puts in your pipe.
esp. to the willfully blind.
Mark Twain has a reputation as a great liberal on race -- not withstanding his frequent use of the n-word -- but some of the things he wrote about Indians and other races were quite nasty.
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