GEOFFREY COWAN at Folio
Co-presented with FOLIO: THE SEATTLE ATHENAEUM.
More than ever before, at least in memory, there is continued focus on how presidents get selected to be elected even as an election is just passed. This one will be delved into - it already is, and will be. It’s timely then to have USC historian and author (The People v. Clarence Darrow) Geoffrey Cowan here for his recent book, Let Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary (newly in paper, W.W. Norton).
“Rips the lid off of the 1912 presidential election. Cowan brilliantly illuminates everything from the birth of the political primary system to the disenfranchisement of African Americans to egos writ large. The narrative has a marvelous flow and the research is superb.” — Douglas Brinkley.
“A suspenseful narrative, replete with larger-than-life personalities, and a must-read backstory for anyone concerned with the history and fate of a democracy that, at its best, aims to ‘Let the People Rule.’” — Henry Louis Gates, Jr.