About 50 years ago, a very popular play, Arsenic and Old Lace, began its long run in American high schools. It was about two elderly ladies who poisoned their elderly gentlemen callers with elderberry wine. Periodically, a clearly manic young man who thought he was Theodore Roosevelt would come on stage with round glasses and mustache, dressed in pith helmet and shorts or army cavalry uniform. He would shout at the top of his lungs, “Charge!,” and leap up the stairs, presumably up San Juan Hill. In spite of the repetition, the line was always good for a laugh.


Foreign Policy World Power Nobel Peace Prize American Interest Elderly Lady 
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    Howard Beale, Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of America to World Power (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984), 50.Google Scholar
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    For a discussion of the views of Lodge and Roosevelt, see chap. 3 of William C. Widenor, Henry Cabot Lodge and the Search for an American Foreign Policy (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980).Google Scholar
  3. 4.
    Kenneth Wimmel, Theodore Roosevelt and the Great White Fleet: American Sea Power Comes of Age (New York: Brasseys, 1998), 85–114.Google Scholar

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