Biographies & Memoirs

The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century

The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century

The two men seemed to live in eerily parallel Americas. McKinley was to his contemporaries an enigma, a president whose conflicted feelings about imperialism reflected the country’s own. Under its popular Republican commander-in-chief, the United States was undergoing an uneasy transition from a simple agrarian society to an industrial powerhouse spreading its influence overseas by force of arms. Czolgosz was on the losing end of the economic changes taking place—a first-generation Polish immigrant and factory worker sickened by a government that seemed focused solely on making the rich richer. With a deft narrative hand, journalist Scott Miller chronicles how these two men, each pursuing what he considered the right and honorable path, collided in violence at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

Chapter 1: TEMPLE OF MUSIC

Chapter 2: “OH GOD, KEEP HIM HUMBLE”

Chapter 3: A QUIET MAN IN THE CORNER

Chapter 4: “THERE WILL BE NO JINGO NONSENSE”

Chapter 5: “THE GOVERNMENT IS BEST WHICH GOVERNS LEAST”

Chapter 6: THE HAWAIIAN ANVIL

Chapter 7: AN UNLIKELY ANARCHIST

Chapter 8: AN OPEN CASK OF GUNPOWDER

Chapter 9: PROPAGANDA OF THE DEED

Chapter 10: “THE MAINE BLOWN UP!”

Chapter 11: “FIRE AND KILL ALL YOU CAN!”

Chapter 12: DEWEY AT MANILA

Chapter 13: A RESPECTABLE TRAMP

Chapter 14: THE “LEAST DANGEROUS EXPERIMENT”

Chapter 15: “THE CHILD HAS GONE CRAZY”

Chapter 16: SAN JUAN HILL

Chapter 17: LUNCHROOM

Chapter 18: A COUNTRY “FULL OF SWAGGER”

Chapter 19: BLOODY HOMESTEAD

Chapter 20: SPOILS OF WAR

Chapter 21: HUNTING RABBITS

Chapter 22: “IT IS ALWAYS THE UNEXPECTED THAT HAPPENS, AT LEAST IN MY CASE”

Chapter 23: RED EMMA

Chapter 24: OPEN DOORS

Chapter 25: “AVANTI!”

Chapter 26: THE AMERICAN CENTURY

Chapter 27: WORDS THAT BURN

Chapter 28: “SURRENDER OR BE KILLED”

Chapter 29: “HAVE YOU ANY SECRET SOCIETIES?”

Chapter 30: GOING TO THE FAIR

Chapter 31: “I DONE MY DUTY”

Chapter 32: THE OPERATING THEATER

Chapter 33: A PARK RANGER COMES RUNNING

Chapter 34: THE CHAIR

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