Source: The Industrial Republic
Source type: book
Document type: book chapter
Document title: “The Revolution” [chapter 6]
Author(s): Sinclair, Upton
Publisher: Doubleday, Page and Company
Place of publication: New York, New York
Year of publication: 1907
Pagination: 179-214 (excerpt below includes only page 192)
|Sinclair, Upton. “The Revolution” [chapter 6]. The Industrial Republic. New York: Doubleday, Page, 1907: pp. 179-214.|
|excerpt of chapter|
|Theodore Roosevelt (political character); Theodore Roosevelt (assumption of presidency: personal response).|
|Marcus Hanna; Theodore Roosevelt.|
From title page: The Industrial Republic: A Study of the America of Ten Years Hence.
From title page: Illustrated.
The Revolution [excerpt]
You are thinking, perhaps, of President Roosevelt, who is hailed as a successful reformer. In the first place, it is of importance to point out that President Roosevelt is a complete anomaly in our political life; he was probably the last Republican in the country who would have been selected to rule us. He made himself governor by a shrewd device called “the Rough Riders;” he was made President for the first time by the bullet of an assassin, and the second time by the death of Mark Hanna. By a series of such blind chances as these the people have been given a chance to vote for what they want, and they of course have seized the chance. But assuredly it was no part of the “System’s” plan to ask them what they wanted, nor even to let them find out what they wanted themselves.