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Note on Carrie Williams Clifford, "Foraker and the Twenty-Fifth" (1911)
12022-06-25T07:51:54-04:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e12131Noteplain2022-06-25T07:51:54-04:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e1This poem focuses on an episode involving an Ohio soldier and politician named J.B. Foraker, who fought on the Union side in the Civil War and later went into government, serving first as Governor of Ohio and then as a Senator. In 1906, Foraker opposed Roosevelt's decision to punish a black Infantry Battalion (the "25th Infantry Battalion" named in Clifford's poem). Later, Roosevelt would work against Foraker, leading to the latter's defeat in a bit for re-election to the Senate.