Museum Accurator: Theodore Roosevelt
Museum curator: (laughs nervously)... ok! Well let’s just get the tour started! Right behind me is Theodore Roosevelt’s bed. (to child) Now, can you tell what’s on his bed?
Museum curator: Heh… well I think that’s a Teddy Bear! Wouldn’t …show more content…
Longino, invited some of his friends on a hunting trip. Roosevelt was included in this group of friends, but as the trip wore on, he was the only one who had not yet killed an animal on the trip. Led by Holt Collier, Roosevelt’s attendants clubbed and tied down a bear for Roosevelt to shoot. However, Roosevelt was beside himself! He refused to shoot the poor, struggling bear. But now it was injured, and clearly going to die. He requested that it be shot in order to put it out of its misery. News spread of this and on November 16th, 1902 Clifford Berryman published a political cartoon regarding this very subject in The Washington Post. More political cartoons sprouted following this one, and the bear in the cartoon became increasingly smaller. Now, imagine being an inhabitant of the United States prior and during Roosevelt’s presidency. The quality of life for the common individual was very poor. During this time, the upper one percent made ninety five percent of the money, and the bottom ninety- ninety percent made five percent of the money because of the many business monopolies during this time. Not only that, but the common employee was treated with complete disrespect. …show more content…
Anyway, the last item I will be highlighting in this tour today is this painting. This painting is of the Yosemite national park, one of the many national parks Teddy Roosevelt created in his career. He is known as the first conservationist president. In his time of progressive reforms in the United States, his many environmentally related efforts are no exception! The people were ready for change, and Roosevelt brought it in the form of public lands, forest reserves, and animal conservation lands. This began a higher standard that was asked of the people, to become a body of people that cares about its surrounding. His efforts caused more light to shed on environmental issues, and more and more people began to listen. During his time, the common American began to ask more of its government, and this is a great example of government responding to that. (pauses) Well that’s the end of my tour! Thanks for being such a, uh, memorable first tour