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Nature's NoblemenTransatlantic Masculinities and the Nineteenth-Century American West$
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Monica Rico

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300136067

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300136067.001.0001

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A White Man's Country: Elite Masculinity, Racial Decline, and the Frontier Stories of Theodore Roosevelt

A White Man's Country: Elite Masculinity, Racial Decline, and the Frontier Stories of Theodore Roosevelt

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(p.164) 5 A White Man's Country: Elite Masculinity, Racial Decline, and the Frontier Stories of Theodore Roosevelt
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Nature's Noblemen
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Monica Rico

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300136067.003.0006

This chapter takes up Theodore Roosevelt's big-game hunting expedition to the British colony of East Africa and Kenya with his son Kermit. Roosevelt, who identified this colonial space as a “white man's country,” likening it to the American West, was not merely pointing out some similarities in the landscape. Kenya was a place where savagery met civilization, a frontier and thus a proving ground for white men. Roosevelt's thinking about Kenya as a western space reproduced and strengthened the same discourses that shaped British writing about the West. Roosevelt's preoccupation with manhood originated in his childhood and stamped his entire public career. In going there, he was not only recapturing his youth but also providing Kermit the opportunity to experience the therapeutic wildness necessary for successful passage into manhood.

Keywords:   Theodore Roosevelt, game hunting, expedition, British Colony, Kermit

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