"Fear God and Take Your Own Part"

by Theodore Roosevelt

Analysis and Collection of Quotes by Mark Fennell

 

Overview of book "Fear God and Take Your Own Part"

Similarities between WWI and War on Terrorism

War and Social Values

 

 


Overview of book "Fear God and Take Your Own Part"

 

Introduction

The book "Fear God and Take Your Own Part" is an excellent book. The things Theodore Roosevelt says in that book apply for all time. His words are particularly important for today's times.

 

There are two critical aspects to the book which apply to today:

1. Fighting a war in order to defend ourselves

2. Immigration, Citizenship, and what it means to be an American

 

Regarding war (Fighting a war in order to defend ourselves)

In the years prior to World War I, we were repeatedly attacked, but did not fight back. The most significant attack was on the Lusitania (and yet this was not the only attack on innocent people.)

The Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine, without warning, on May 7th, 1915. Hundreds of innocent people were killed, including women and children.

Germany attacked, we did nothing, Germany attacked again, we did nothing...and so the story goes.

This is very similar to recent times, where terrorists attacked, and we did nothing, so the terrorists attacked again.

Between 1915 and early 1916, Theodore Roosevelt wrote several articles and gave several speeches. The essence of these articles and speeches was the message "we must defend ourselves."

In early 1916, Theodore Roosevelt published this book. This book is in essence most of his writings and speeches. Theodore Roosevelt republished this book again, a mere two months later, with additional messages to the people.

It is amazing how the years leading up to WWI are so similar to the years leading up to the War on Terrorism. For a more detailed analysis, read Similarities between WWI and War on Terrorism.

I have an original edition of this book, published in 1916.