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The Door of HopeRepublican Presidents and the First Southern Strategy, 1877–1933$
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Edward O. Frantz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036533

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036533.001.0001

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Roosevelt Rides Roughshod

Roosevelt Rides Roughshod

TR's Southern Tour, 1905

(p.154) 5 Roosevelt Rides Roughshod
The Door of Hope

Edward O. Frantz

University Press of Florida

The Springfield Republican piece, which was reprinted in T. Thomas Fortune's New York Age, resonated with many. Although the editorial had Theodore Roosevelt in mind, the piece could just as well have been written about any of the tours of the South made by Republican Party presidents since 1877. By 1905, however, the United States was keenly aware of the tours, which had become institutions in public life. When the increased public consciousness combined with the charm and engaging personality of the young New Yorker, the result was a closely watched tour that set the political and racial priorities for Roosevelt's remaining years as president. To be sure, just as the Springfield Republican and the New York Age had observed, there was an organic relationship between Roosevelt's southern tour and the forthcoming course of events. The tour was the critical turning point that signaled Roosevelt's courting of whites while giving less attention to African Americans.

Keywords:   Springfield Republican, T. Thomas Fortune, New York Age, Theodore Roosevelt, tours, South, Republican Party, presidents, whites, African Americans

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