“John Hay: Gentleman Empire Builder or Reluctant Imperialist?”
Lecture by Randall Hanson, Professor of History at Colby-Sawyer College
John Hay's public life spanned from working as private secretary to Abraham Lincoln, who was suspicious of American expansionism, to serving as Secretary of State under Theodore Roosevelt, one of the nation's greatest proponents of empire. Was Hay a reluctant empire builder but dutiful public servant who faithfully advanced the expansionist agendas of Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt? Or did he too share the dream of an American Empire?
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This program is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities.