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Theodore Roosevelt and the Great War

Theodore Roosevelt, 1915

Theodore Roosevelt, 1915

Washington, DC
Sunday, April 20, 2014

Historian J. Lee Thompson discusses Theodore Roosevelt’s views on World War I and his reaction to President Woodrow Wilson’s neutrality policy. Roosevelt’s four sons served in the military during the war – his youngest, a pilot named Quentin, was shot down and killed over France in 1918. Roosevelt never recovered from his son’s death and died six months later in January 1919. Thompson is a Lamar University professor and author of Never Call Retreat: Theodore Roosevelt and the Great War.

Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:49am (ET)

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