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Jacob A. Riis (1849–1914).  Theodore Roosevelt, the Citizen.  1904.

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but by those deep-set principles which represent the innermost souls of men.”
  “The average American knows not only that he himself intends to do about what is right, but that his average fellow-countryman has the same intention and the same power to make his intention effective. He knows, whether he be business man, professional man, farmer, mechanic, employer or wage-worker, that the welfare of each of these men is bound up with the welfare of all the others; that each is neighbor to the other, is actuated by the same hopes and fears, has fundamentally the same ideals, and that all alike have much the same virtues and the same faults.
  “Our average fellow-citizen is a sane and healthy man, who believes in decency and has a wholesome mind.”
  ON CORPORATIONS (in speech to the City Club, New York, when he was Governor): “I hope no party will make a direct move against corporations.… Make the man who says he is for the corporation see to it that he doesn’t give those corporations undue protection, and let the man who is against corporative



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