Letters from Readers – April 2010 American History

2/4/2010 • AH Issues, Dwight Eisenhower

Lessons Learned
Our February cover story about George Washington’s instructions to his troops before the 1775 invasion of Quebec prompted one reader to note that smallpox added to the Continental Army’s woes. “Washington learned the lesson of the failed campaign,” writes Miguel Zambrano of Gapan City, Philippines, “and insisted that those joining the army be vaccinated.”

Presidential Styles
In Interview: “How Does Barack Obama measure up to previous presidents?” (February 2010), Fred Greenstein claimed that Dwight Eisenhower had a “hidden-handed leadership style.” Eisenhower learned leadership at West Point. His style was evident during his leadership of NATO, the execution of the European occupation and liberation, and his tenure as president of Columbia University. There is nothing hidden-handed about it.
William H. Bacharach
Pequea, Pa.

We say…
Greenstein responds: “The record also shows episodes in which Eisenhower worked through subordinates, thus preserving his image as a chief executive who transcended controversy and providing him with political capital to do such things as resist partisan demands for unnecessary and costly military expenditures.”

American Saints

“By The Numbers” (February 2010) lists five American Catholic saints. But there are more. Mother Theodore Guérin, founder of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana, was recently canonized. My St. Joseph Missal lists not only Isaac Jogues, but also John de Brébeuf and their companions. There’s also St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, who founded schools, hospitals and orphanages especially for the care of Italian immigrants and children.
Justyna Carlson
North Adams, Mass.

We say…
We were wrong. The list of Catholic saints in America includes these 10: St. Damien of Molokai, St. Mother Theodore Guérin, St. Katharine Drexel, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, St. John Neumann, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, St. Isaac Jogues, St. René Goupil and St. Jean de Lalande.

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