Twenty-Three. “Uplifting the Barbarian”

  1. Serge Ricard
  1. Carol C. Chin

Published Online: 24 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344233.ch23

A Companion to Theodore Roosevelt

A Companion to Theodore Roosevelt

How to Cite

Chin, C. C. (2011) “Uplifting the Barbarian”, in A Companion to Theodore Roosevelt (ed S. Ricard), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344233.ch23

Editor Information

  1. Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, The Netherlands

Author Information

  1. University of Toronto, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 NOV 2011
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444331400

Online ISBN: 9781444344233



  • “Uplifting the Barbarian”;
  • Theodore Roosevelt, at a time as the age of US imperialism;
  • Roosevelt, imperialism and race;
  • TR's and races, “savage,” “barbarian” to “civilized”;
  • Japan, a nonwhite nation that TR approved;
  • spirit of Meiji reform, TR's ideal of “the strenuous life”;
  • African Americans, a problem for TR;
  • TR's interest in British imperial experience;
  • echoing the Roosevelt Corollary, Hoover, and fiscal responsibility


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Roosevelt, Imperialism, and Race

  • Civilization and Self-Improvement

  • Civilization and Uplift in Practice

  • India, Africa, and the Middle East

  • Civilization, Modernization, and the American Way

  • Conclusion

  • References