Robert H. McGinnis https://roberthmcginnis.com author, biographer, editor Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:05:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Reported in The Nation https://roberthmcginnis.com/2011/01/reported-in-the-nation/ Sat, 15 Jan 2011 19:41:06 +0000 http://www.roberthmcginnis.com/blog/?p=26 November 11, 1897 The Revolt Against Bossism “This year the bosses threw off all disguise. They declared that bossism is the ideal perfection of government in a democracy. [Mark] Hanna summed up their creed in these orders to his subjects a few days before the election: ‘Every Republican should remember his duty. It doesn’t make […]

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November 11, 1897

The Revolt Against Bossism

“This year the bosses threw off all disguise. They declared that bossism is the ideal perfection of government in a democracy. [Mark] Hanna summed up their creed in these orders to his subjects a few days before the election:

‘Every Republican should remember his duty. It doesn’t make any difference about persons, or if the candidate  don’t suit you exactly. The Republican organization must have the same discipline as we had in the regular army, when the boys in blue marched with their gallant leaders. As Chairman of the Republican national committee, I have the right to command, and you must stand by me in the dual position I now occupy. It doesn’t matter whether you like my personality or not. I have no patience with the man who bolts his party because he is not satisfied with the candidate. If you expect business men to take part in politics and come among you, it is your duty to submit to the discipline of the party.’

It is well for the country that bossism has thus been carried to its logical conclusion. The great thing is to have the Quays and Hannas and Gormans and Platts come out into the open, where the people can get at them.”

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Reported in the Akron Daily Democrat https://roberthmcginnis.com/2010/03/reported-in-the-akron-daily-democrat/ https://roberthmcginnis.com/2010/03/reported-in-the-akron-daily-democrat/#respond Tue, 30 Mar 2010 21:04:54 +0000 http://www.roberthmcginnis.com/blog/?p=10 September 27, 1902  Mark Hanna kicked off his presidential campaign in Akron, Ohio with a parade featuring live elephants. Event organizers “wore looks of suppressed satisfaction” even though the “elephants did not arrive until the last minute…”

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September 27, 1902 

Mark Hanna kicked off his presidential campaign in Akron, Ohio with a parade featuring live elephants. Event organizers “wore looks of suppressed satisfaction” even though the “elephants did not arrive until the last minute…”

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Reported in the Washington Post https://roberthmcginnis.com/2009/12/reported-in-the-washington-post/ https://roberthmcginnis.com/2009/12/reported-in-the-washington-post/#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2009 13:52:06 +0000 http://www.roberthmcginnis.com/blog/?p=3 September 13, 1885 “Mark Hanna, of Cleveland, is the most objectionable and snobbish Republican in the State.” February 16, 1904 Mark Hanna was “one of the country’s great men” whose death “caused profound sorrow in all quarters.”

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September 13, 1885
“Mark Hanna, of Cleveland, is the most objectionable and snobbish Republican in the State.”

February 16, 1904
Mark Hanna was “one of the country’s great men” whose death “caused profound sorrow in all quarters.”

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When Americans Stopped Writing Letters https://roberthmcginnis.com/2009/01/when-americans-stopped-writing-letters/ Thu, 15 Jan 2009 21:10:04 +0000 http://www.roberthmcginnis.com/blog/?p=31 “The Lost Art of Letter-Writing” (An article appearing in The Nation on November 11, 1897) Over a century ago, some people feared that the venerable practice of writing letters was doomed. One culprit – a shocking advance in technology. “The fact is the telegraph has killed letters.”   The editors of The Nation saw the risk, but still had hope. They believed […]

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“The Lost Art of Letter-Writing” (An article appearing in The Nation on November 11, 1897)

Over a century ago, some people feared that the venerable practice of writing letters was doomed. One culprit – a shocking advance in technology. “The fact is the telegraph has killed letters.”   The editors of The Nation saw the risk, but still had hope. They believed the “long and tiresome letter…may have gone” but that letter-writing as “an art…cultivated by the discerning” would continue.

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