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Thomas Hart Benton

Theodore Roosevelt

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. . .d at the most were in possession merely by virtue of having butchered the previous inhabitants. For many of its actions towards them the government does indeed deserve the severest criticism; but it has erred quite as often on the side of too much leniency as on the side of too much severity. From the very nature of things, it was wholly impossible that there should not be much mutual wrong-doing and injury in the intercourse between the Indians and ourselves. It was equally out of the question to let them remain as they were, and to bring the bulk of their number up to our standard of civilization with sufficient speed to enable them to accommodate themselves to the changed condition of their surroundings. The policy towards them advocated by Benton, which was much the same as,[58] although more humane than, that followed by most other Western men who have had practically to face the problem, worked harshly in many instances, and was the cause of a certain amount. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An amazingly spectacular biography. Hilariously written, with a wonderful treatment of issues of the early 1800s, e.g. nullification, and the settlement of Indian land. There are keen insights on every page.

While Roosevelt's biography is good for the armchair historian, most would not make it to the last two chapters. But those two chapters are like getting two desserts after a steak and potato dinner.

While I have read more complete and comprehensive biographies, the enjoyable quality about this book is the fact that it was written by Theodore Roosevelt. At times, TR’s personality (at least what I understand of it) comes through more so than Benton’s. If learning about Benton is your goal, you ma

Gentleman and Scholar

Thomas Hart Benton was a Senator's senator. A man of knowledge, negotiating skill, and strong character. Actively governing at all times, he worked diligently to expand our nation and stabilize banking. He was a man of courage who was much admired by T. Roosevelt. An interesting

This is a short biography. I didn't find Teddy's style all the conducive to a great read but was interested in the book because it's written about a relative of my wife. All in all I'm glad I did.