The Cowboy and the Canal: How Theodore Roosevelt Cheated Colombia, Stole Panama, and Bamboozled America
The Cowboy and the Canal is untypical in that it is predominantly informed by a collection writings by commentators, historians, editors, politicians, public figures, and newspaper reporters that were contemporaries of events—actually living through, alongside, and with the events—rather than a reliance upon reinterpretation of modern historians and thinkers comfortably removed from events by time. The intent of this philosophical hermeneutic approach is to allow the collective comment of the people and events that the culture was immersed within, to speak. In essence the voices of the critics of Roosevelt—and there were many—have been filtered out through the traditional process of analysis of and agreement with historians viewing the work of other historians. We are left then, with versions of Roosevelt that echo each other. Although the voices of opposition were viable and vital at the time, traditional approaches have rendered them subalterns—disappeared—from the conversation.
Drawing directly from primary sources— newspaper accounts, political cartoons, Congressional records, books, photographs, and letters, the narrative ripens into a fully developed history of how Roosevelt’s intolerance for opposition, his insatiable political ambitions, his hypermasculine and racist imperialist perspective created the perfect ally for the unappeasable gluttony for riches of powerful industrialists and capitalist investors. Together, Roosevelt, his family, and the “Panama Lobby” created became an unstoppable force that imposed its will over the objections of most Congressmen, much of the public, and a preponderance of the press.
Hardcover: ISBN-13: 978-0989682794
Paperback: ISBN-13: 978-0990441915
Kindle: ASIN: B00MB0PIL8