A Dual Heritage: The Public Career of Oscar S. Straus

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END OF AN ERA

The failure of the United States to join the League of Nations was not the only disappointment which Straus suffered during the last years of his life. The Anglo-Saxon decade of the twenties scoffed at his view of Americanism and gave rise to a resurgence of a narrow nationalism, an anti-immigration sentiment, and a religious bigotry which greatly alarmed him. On a personal level he felt equally alienated. The government consistently ignored his repeated offers to be of service, and he found little satisfaction in being relegated to the respected but usually ineffectual category of elder statesman. Straus reached his seventy-fifth birthday in 1925. But in many ways he had outlived his time.


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Straus maintained friendly relations with Harding despite the latter's disappointing stand on international affairs. In December 1920, the President-elect consulted with Straus on the makeup of his cabinet, specifically discussing Herbert Hoover, whose name had been mentioned originally in connection with the Department of Interior. In light of the later Teapot Dome scandal, Harding's question as to whether Hoover was strictly honest--there was much room for dishonesty in the Depart-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • One - The Emergence Of a Liberal 3
  • Two - Minister To Turkey 21
  • Three - A Merchant In Politics 39
  • Four - Communal Stewardship 55
  • Five - Second Mission To Turkey 74
  • Six - In the Paths Of Peace 102
  • Seven - Humanitarian Diplomacy 121
  • Eight - Secretary Of Commerce And Labor 145
  • Nine - The Taft Years 174
  • Ten - "The Future Belongs To Progressivism" 199
  • Eleven - Peace And War 228
  • Twelve - The Fight For The League 252
  • Thirteen - End Of An Era 284
  • Fourteen - In Perspective 295
  • Notes 303
  • Bibliography 365
  • Acknowledgments 379
  • Index 381
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