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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 06:20 PM

11. "...hell, half of them don't even speak English."

Which was probably true.

Edmund Morris' book on Teddy Roosevelt, "Theodore Rex"*, opens with the assignation of William McKinley in Buffalo, NY only six months into his second term. Then VP TR immediately goes from New Hampshire directly to Buffalo, is sworn in, and attends a service for McKinley before going to Washington as president.

The presidential train back to Washington with McKinley's casket passes through the coal mining regions of Pennsylvania, TR looked out the windows of that slow-moving train and saw miners watching the train pass and saw the hatred in their eyes.

America, in the opening years of the 20th century was filled with anarchists. Who hated the people who hired them for dangerous jobs at very low pay, and who disdained them. And Morris records how worried TR was about those people and anarchy.

And those miners TR saw? Czechs, Slovaks, Slovenians, Poles. Many of whom didn't speak English.


* If you haven't read it, it's a terrific read!

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