President Theodore Roosevelt, adored for everything from his much-caricatured teeth and glasses to his boundless energy and astounding achievements, captivated Americans of his day-and the cartoonists who immortalized him in their drawings.
In fact, one can get a firm grasp on Roosevelt's life simply by looking at these cartoons, as author Rick Marschall illustrates in Bully! The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt: Illustrated with More than 200 Vintage Political Cartoons on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Marschall will lay out Roosevelt's life not just in words, but with dozens of the cartoons that captured his likeness and his personality.
Along the way he will delve into issues of Roosevelt's life and career:Why World War I might never have happened if Roosevelt had won the presidency for a third term. How Roosevelt drove the building of the Panama Canal through almost insuperable obstacles.Why the "cowboy" Roosevelt was the most intellectual president America has ever had.Why his foreign policy of speaking softly and carrying a big stick was so successful. How the "progressive" Roosevelt was actually a "conservative."
Marschall, author or editor of more than 65 books, is a former political cartoonist and has written extensively on politics, history, and cartoons. Bostonia magazine calls him "perhaps America's foremost authority on popular culture." He has taught at Rutgers University and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and maintains the nation's largest private collection of cartoon and comic art, popular and graphic-satire magazines, newspaper funnies, political cartoons, and original art. A lifelong Roosevelt scholar, he lives in Michigan.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
The event is part of the Hail to the Chiefs series on the American Presidency co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and the Truman Library Institute and co-sponsored by KCUR's Up to Date.