Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt's America

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Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt's America

Author: Eric Rauchway
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Copyright: 2094
Pages: 272
Cover Price: $ 15.00

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When President William McKinley was murdered at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, on September 6, 1901, Americans were bereaved and frightened. Rumor ran rampant: A wild-eyed foreign anarchist with an unpronounceable name had killed the commander-in-chief. Eric Rauchway's brilliant Murdering McKinley restages Leon Czolgosz's hastily conducted trial and then traverses America with Dr. Vernon Briggs, a Boston alienist who sets out to discover why Czolgosz rose up to kill his president.

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In 1896, William McKinley restored Republican control of the White House after the second administration of Grover Cleveland but, shortly after hs re-election to a second term, he was assassinated. Buffalo, the westernmost large city in New York State, owes its economic development primarily to the opening of the Erie Canal. The assassination of William McKinley in 1901 catapulted Teddy Roosevelt from the obscurity of the vice-presidency into the White House.