420RE: [tr-m] Fw: Newsletter - Member Edition
- Dec 30, 2002All, Good Morning:
This type of thing surfaces from time to time. And, for that
matter, many of the founding fathers are often similarly attacked with such
parochial and close-minded, one-sided arguments. I responded to a very
similar commentary in the Boston Globe some months ago. The fact of the
matter is that, as Ms. Dalton's and Mr. Morris' studies clearly articulate,
TR grew and evolved as we all do with age and experience. Simply put, he
held some of the common beliefs on race and gender as many of his
background, education, and class. While egregious by our standards, not
necessarily atypical for those times.
The commentary in the Globe was more carefully constructed and
warranted a rebuttal. This particular commentary is not well-written,
poorly researched, and deserves either ignoring or a written, eviscerating
response. Not only is it unfair to TR but a false historical
characterization of the type that is too frequent. Did anyone notice George
Will's column last week, "Restoring Literacy About History"? Well worth a
In the final analysis, TR's record on race and human rights in
general certainly has blemishes but his achievements---personally and
professionally as a public servant---can withstand scrutiny and clearly
places him in the few progressive minds of his time regarding such matters,
even despite some of his writings and comments (one of which in this
particular editorial I know is completely out of context).
Regards to all and Happy New Year---Cheers, Greg Wynn
From: Michael Cawelti [mailto:captglvr@...]
Sent: Monday, December 30, 2002 10:59 AM
Subject: Re: [tr-m] Fw: Newsletter - Member Edition
I find this article is, even to an ametuer student of TR, an offensive
revision of history through non contextual quotes.
To me, the worst apprasial of history, is in the taking facts out of context
and judging older times through modern prejudices and mores. While he made
such statements as these, he also was the first President to invite a black
man to the White House. Dispite detrimental comments on some black
cavalrymen in Cuba, he also was an admirer of the 9th and 10th cavelry. His
views on race were quite progressive for his time.
I know TR was not a perfect man, but there is hardly a better role model
for current politicians than TR.
This article is sensational "clap-trap". Sorry, it got my dander up!
I am sure there are many in the group who can better answer this editorial
than I, and I would like to hear of any letters to the editor of the
Sun-Times which get sent.
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