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Commissioner Roosevelt : the story of Theodore Roosevelt and the New York City police, 1895-1897

Author: H Paul Jeffers
Publisher: New York : J. Wiley & Sons, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the Gay Nineties, no place so fully embodied the outrageous lawlessness of turn-of-the-century America as New York City - until a thirty-seven-year-old political reformer named Theodore Roosevelt emerged as president of the New York City Police Commission. How did Roosevelt transform an association of slackers, bullies, thieves, and blackmailers into one of the first truly professional law enforcement agencies in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jeffers, H. Paul (Harry Paul), 1934-
Commissioner Roosevelt.
New York : J. Wiley & Sons, ©1994
(OCoLC)654276391
Named Person: Theodore Roosevelt; Theodore Roosevelt; Theodore Roosevelt
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: H Paul Jeffers
ISBN: 0471024074 9780471024071 047114570X 9780471145707
OCLC Number: 30544620
Description: xii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Mr. Steffens Gets an Assignment --
Ch. 1. I Have Read Your Book --
Ch. 2. Mulberry Street Blues --
Ch. 3. "TR is enough." --
Ch. 4. The Gospel According to Teddy --
Ch. 5. A Set of Teeth --
Ch. 6. Midnight Rambles --
Ch. 7. Honesty and Efficiency --
Ch. 8. "I deal with the law." --
Ch. 9. Unbought, Unawed, Unknown to Fear --
Ch. 10. Other Half, Other Hat --
Ch. 11. Very Rough Work --
Ch. 12. "Pistols or anything else." --
Ch. 13. Nothing of the Purple --
Epilogue: A Larger Kingdom.
Responsibility: H. Paul Jeffers.
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In the Gay Nineties, no place so fully embodied the outrageous lawlessness of turn-of-the-century America as New York City - until a thirty-seven-year-old political reformer named Theodore Roosevelt emerged as president of the New York City Police Commission. How did Roosevelt transform an association of slackers, bullies, thieves, and blackmailers into one of the first truly professional law enforcement agencies in the world? H. Paul Jeffers skillfully recreates the era to illuminate Roosevelt's vision, toughness, and political savvy. By hiring the first woman in the department's history, and opening admission to ethnic minorities, the new commissioner tore down the old guard and ushered in the new. Firearms training, undercover detectives, a physical typing system that was the precursor of fingerprinting, annual physical exams for all officers, bicycle patrols, and a host of other modern innovations all became tools to build a new urban institution. It was a crucial turning point in Roosevelt's political career. As New York's rough-riding crime czar, he earned the national attention that eventually led to two terms in the White House. In the sensational headlines and tributes that appeared regularly in newspapers around the nation and Europe, Jeffers discovers the first signs of the mature Teddy Roosevelt, the flamboyant, two-fisted, and wholly incorruptible man of action. As Jeffers shows, it was during this momentous period in his career, in partnership with famed journalists and social reformers Jacob Riis and Lincoln Steffens, that Roosevelt developed the "square deal" philosophy behind the historic social and economic reforms that would distinguish his presidency. While providing the only detailed account of this seminal chapter in Roosevelt's career, Jeffers paints a vibrant portrait of New York City as Roosevelt knew it - from the posh watering holes of the Tenderloin and the townhouses of Astor Place, to the overcrowded tenements of Mulberry Bend and the dives of the Bowery and the Five Points. As a consequence, Commissioner Roosevelt offers penetrating insights into the first truly modern American metropolis and the life of an American giant.

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