A Perfectly Stupid Race”: Finding the factors that shaped Theodore Roosevelt’s views on and actions toward African Americans.
Theodore Roosevelt is often seen as a progressive president. Yet his views on and actions towards African Americans and other minorities have come under frequent criticism in the century after his death. By looking beyond just his actions, we find examples that show Roosevelt’s true motivations behind some of these actions. Though racial views may have played a part, it seems that shrewd political maneuvering played a more important role in both the dinner with Booker T. Washington at the White House in 1901, and the Brownsville Affair in 1906.
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