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A Free and Hardy Life: Theodore Roosevelt’s Sojourn in the American West Hardcover – August 15, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Dakota Institute (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098255978X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982559789
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 13 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clay S. Jenkinson, well known for his historical portrayals of Thomas Jefferson and Meriwether Lewis, is the editor of A Vast and Open Plain: The Writings of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in North Dakota, 1804–1806 and author of Becoming Jefferson's People: Re-inventing the American Republic in the Twenty-first Century.

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Clay Jenkinson is one of the most sought-after humanities scholars in the United States

A cultural commentator who has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities programs, Clay Jenkinson has been honored by two presidents for his work. On November 6, 1989, he received from President George Bush one of the first five Charles Frankel Prizes, the National Endowment for the Humanities highest award (now called the National Humanities Medal), at the nomination of the NEH Chair, Lynne Cheney. On April 11, 1994, he was the first public humanities scholar to present a program at a White House-sponsored event when he presented Thomas Jefferson for a gathering hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton. When award-winning humanities documentary producer Ken Burns turned his attention to Thomas Jefferson, he asked Clay Jenkinson to be the major humanities commentator. Since his first work with the North Dakota Humanities Council in the late 1970s, including a pioneering first-person interpretation of Meriwether Lewis, Clay Jenkinson has made thousands of presentations throughout the United States and its territories, including Guam and the Northern Marianas.

In 2008, Clay became the director of The Dakota Institute through The Lewis & Clark, Fort Mandan Foundation, to further expand his humanities programs with documentary films, symposiums and literary projects. He is also the Chief Consultant for the Theodore Roosevelt Center through Dickinson State University and conducts an annual lecture series for Bismarck State College.

Clay is also widely sought after as a commencement speaker (he has several honorary doctorates); as a facilitator of teacher institutes on Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Classical Culture, the Millennium, and other topics; as a lecturer on topics ranging from the "Unresolved Issues of the Millennium," to the "Character of Meriwether Lewis"; as a consultant to a range of humanities programs, chiefly first person historical interpretation (Chautauqua). Best known for his award-winning historical impersonations of Thomas Jefferson, Clay Jenkinson also impersonates other characters, including Meriwether Lewis, John Wesley Powell, Robert Oppenheimer, Theodore Roosevelt and John Steinbeck.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By david l. poremba VINE VOICE on December 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Much is made (and rightly so), of Theodore Roosevelt's experiences in the American West, beginning in 1883 and ending in 1887. It pretty much defined him as an adult and continued foremost in his psyche as he pursued the strenuous life. In A Free and Hardy Life, Clay Jenkinson offers us seventy stories of Roosevelt's life, many of them set in the West, accompanied by over one hundred photographs, many of them never before published. All of the stories are accompanied by an appropriate Roosevelt quotation.
Arranged chronologically, the stories touch on all aspects of Roosevelt's life, including Mount Rushmore, the Bull Moose campaign, African safari and his trip on the River of Doubt in the South American Amazon. The books' emphasis is on his life in the West, where he remade himself and, as President, his conservation efforts, where he remade the country.
This is a delightful addition to every Roosevelt bookshelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marie J. Bonebrake on October 26, 2011
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this is just another of Clay Jenkinson's fantastic books to add to our collection. we find his books informative and entertaining.
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By Loren J. Holmgren on September 13, 2013
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I first saw this book at the Teddy Roosevelt Hotel in Medora, North Dakota. I thumbed thru it and when
I got back home I ordered it and have been reading it. What a wonderful book. Any one who is interested
in the "West" should read this book.
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By pony on June 5, 2013
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The beauty of this book takes my breath away. Bouquets of appreciation to Clay S. Jenkinson for compiling these photographs and the captions/information that put them in perspective. Theodore Roosevelt may well have lived THE most fascinating life of any mortal man, and this book perfectly captures some of the experiences that made him the man he was, as well as how he "gave back" to our nation based on those experiences. It's a "full circle" story if there ever was one; you'll see what I mean. This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone who admires TR or his doctrine of "the strenuous life."
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