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Teddy Roosevelt Libel Trial   

ONLINE: A Zoom invitation link will be sent one day before class begins.

We may think unreliable news reporting is something new to our time; but fake news was a concern more than a century ago, as evidenced when Teddy Roosevelt sued a Michigan newspaper editor for calling him a drunk in 1913. The libel trial, held in Marquette, Michigan, made world headlines, yet most Roosevelt biographers ignore it today. Tyler Tichelaar, author of When Teddy Came to Town, a novelization of the trial, will discuss the political background and hoopla surrounding the trial, how it changed news media in its day, and Roosevelt’s personal reasons for being offended. Tyler Tichelaar is the award-winning author of 21 fiction and nonfiction books, including Haunted Marquette, and Kawbawgam: The Chief, The Legend, The Man. Tyler holds a Ph.D. in literature from Western Michigan University, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Michigan University. He is the former President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association.

 

 

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