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252525 Oct - In Chicago - TR & American Military - 93rd TRA Annual Meeting

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  • SimonATL
    Oct 10, 2012
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      As part of the upcoming 
      Theodore Roosevelt Association
      93rd Annual Meeting in Chicago | October 25, 2012

      The Theodore Roosevelt Association, the Reserved Officers Association of Washington, D.C., and the Pritzker Military Library of Chicago are pleased to present three distinguished historians and scholars in a forum examining Theodore Roosevelt and the American Military.

      Keenly foreseeing America's role as the world power of the 20th century, observing the competition between Great Britain and Germany to be the nation to dominate the seas with the world's largest and most powerful navy, and very much aware of the expansionary determination of the Japanese Empire and its military strength to support this goal, President Roosevelt crafted a foreign policy to protect America and her interests. To back up this foreign policy, he knew the country needed a fortified military. With strong fighting forces of its own, the nation could deal with a foreign foe flexing its own muscles. Better - and safer - yet, a nation whose interests conflicted with our own, would think twice before committing its army and navy against us. As he usually did, Roosevelt expressed this combined foreign/military policy in a way all would understand: Speak softly and carry a big stick. For Roosevelt, a big stick was a metaphor for the American armed forces.

      Our Lecturers:
      Dr. Justus Doenecke, Currently Emeritus Professor of History, New College of Florida, Sarasota, Florida Served on the faculty of Colgate University 1963-64, Ohio Wesleyan University 1964-69, New College of Florida 1969-2005. My Ph. D. was awarded from Princeton in 1966. Publications: Not to the Swift: The Old Isolationists in the Cold War Era (1979); The Presidencies of James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur (1981); When the Wicked Rise: American Opinion-Makers and the Manchurian Crisis of 1931-1933 (1984); In Danger Undaunted: The Anti-Interventionist Movement of 1940-1941 as Revealed in the Papers of the America First Committee (1990; awarded the Arthur S. Link Prize for Documentary Editing, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations); From Isolation to War,
      1931-1941 (3rd ed.; with John E. Wilz as co-author, 2002); The Battle Against Intervention, 1939-1941 (1997); Storm on the Horizon: The Challenge to American Intervention, 1939-1941 (2000; awarded the Eighth Annual Herbert Hoover Book Award, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association); The New Deal (2003); Debating Franklin D. Roosevelt's Foreign Policies (with Mark A. Stoler as co-author, 2005). Nothing Less Than War: A New History of American Entry into World
      War I (2011), is a selection of the History and the Military book clubs.

      Dr. James R. Reckner, Professor Emeritus of History at Texas Tech University, will discuss Roosevelt's decision to send the Great White Fleet around the world so nations would see and know just how big the "big stick" was and adjust their own foreign policies to accommodate it. Professor Reckner, a retired naval officer and Vietnam veteran, received his Ph.D. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His publications include Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet (Naval Institute,
      1988) and Water Tender Frederick T. Wilson on Asiatic Station, 1899-1901 (Kent State University Press, 2004. Additionally, he has published numerous articles dealing with the US Navy during the era of Theodore Roosevelt. Reckner also has received the Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award (2004), the President's Outstanding Leadership Award (1996), Phi Alpha Theta Outstanding Faculty Member Award (1994), the LaVentana Outstanding Professor Award (1994), Hemphill-Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award (1991), Gold Key National Honor Society Teaching Award (1991) and the Theodore & Franklin D. Roosevelt Annual Naval History Award, 1989 (for Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet).

      Dr. Allan R. Millett: A strong military has to have strong and professional leadership. Prof. Allan Millett will discuss and how Theodore Roosevelt worked to develop leadership to guide the forces he was strengthening for the future. A retired colonel of the Marine Corps Reserve, Dr. Millett is a specialist in the history of American military policy and 20th century wars and military institutions. He is one of the founders of the internationally renowned military history program at The Ohio State University. Currently, he is the director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies, Stephen E. Ambrose Professor of History at the University of New Orleans, and the Raymond E. Mason Jr. Professor Emeritus of Military History at The Ohio State University. He also serves as Senior Military Advisor for the National World War II Museum.

      Program Moderator: Harry Lembeck 
      former US Marine Corps JAG officer, lawyer, historian and contributor to the Journal of the Theodore Roosevelt Association


      Theodore Roosevelt Association
      Theodore Roosevelt Association
      93rd Annual Meeting | October 25, 2012

      Time: 6:00-7:30 PM 
      Post-reception hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, Theodore Roosevelt lecture and bus from Union league Club