The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt - Chapter 18, The Universe Spinner Summary & Analysis

Edmund Morris
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Chapter 18, The Universe Spinner Summary and Analysis

Chapter 18 opens with vivid description of the World's Fair in Chicago. The fair stands as a testimony to the expansion of America. Roosevelt appears there in only a minor role for the Boone and Crockett Club. However, the author describes, in detail, ways in which Roosevelt ascribes to the philosophies of Manifest Destiny and expansion.

Roosevelt holds few prejudices. He believes it to be right to conquer and educate weaker people. However, should those people take the education and surpass their teachers, he feels that to be their right. Such evolutionary ideas as survival of the fittest appeal to Roosevelt's global outlook. He sees bright days ahead for his beloved country. In fact, with friendly dealings with Hawaii, Roosevelt hopes to see an established US Naval base in that area of the Pacific, to rival...

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