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Theodore Roosevelt and the Western Experience


Theodore Roosevelt and the Western Experience

Produced in 1991 by KSPS Public Television, Theodore Roosevelt and the Western Experience examines the 26th president of the United States, in an hour long documentary that was resurrected from our archives.

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Theodore Roosevelt: A Cowboy's Ride to the White House

Theodore Roosevelt: A Cowboy's Ride to the White House is a one-hour television documentary that details the story of a physically challenged young man from Harvard who came to the Western Frontier in 1883. Theodore Roosevelt came to hunt but fell in love with the Badlands of Dakota and quickly bought a ranch, learned how to ride, carry a 'six-shooter' and acquired the skills that would make him a war hero and an American President. It was in the Badlands of Dakota where the young New York dandy became and American cowboy, democracy and the heritage of the American West.

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After William McKinley’s assassination, Theodore Roosevelt arrives in Washington in 1901 as the youngest President of the United States. In the seven years that follow he transforms the office and makes himself perhaps the best-loved of all the men who ever lived in the White House – battling corporate greed and building the Panama Canal, preserving American wilderness, and carrying the message of American might around the world.

Progressive Presidents: Crash Course US History #29

In which John Green teaches you about the Progressive Presidents, who are not a super-group of former presidents who create complicated, symphonic, rock soundscapes that transport you into a fantasy fugue state. Although that would be awesome. The presidents most associated with the Progressive Era are Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. During the times these guys held office, trusts were busted, national parks were founded, social programs were enacted, and tariffs were lowered. It wasn't all positive though, as their collective tenure also saw Latin America invaded A LOT, a split in the Republican party that resulted in a Bull Moose, all kinds of other international intervention, and the end of the Progressive Era saw the United States involved in World War. If all this isn't enough to entice, I will point out that two people get shot in this video. Violence sells, they say.

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Hey teachers and students - Check out CommonLit's free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. The era of progressive presidents began with Teddy Roosevelt, who felt that conservation was a national duty:
Teddy Roosevelt is remembered for fighting hard for his causes, as exemplified in his famous “Man in the Arena” Speech:

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Westward Expansion: Crash Course US History #24

In which John Green teaches you about the Wild, Wild, West, which as it turns out, wasn't as wild as it seemed in the movies. When we think of the western expansion of the United States in the 19th century, we're conditioned to imagine the loner. The self-reliant, unattached cowpoke roaming the prairie in search of wandering calves, or the half-addled prospector who has broken from reality thanks to the solitude of his single-minded quest for gold dust. While there may be a grain of truth to these classic Hollywood stereotypes, it isn't a very big grain of truth. Many of the pioneers who settled the west were family groups. Many were immigrants. Many were major corporations. The big losers in the westward migration were Native Americans, who were killed or moved onto reservations. Not cool, American pioneers.

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As Americans continued to stream West on the name of Manifest Destiny, American Indians saw their lives changed forever as they moved from practising resistance to lives on reservations:

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History | Intro | PBS

THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics.

Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are the most prominent members of one of the most important families in American history. Theodore and Franklin occupy the White House for nineteen of the first forty-five years of the twentieth century, years during which much of the modern world – and the modern state --is created. They share an unfeigned love for people and politics and a willingness to defy class prejudices to help create a true democracy of equal opportunity. Along with Eleanor, Theodore’s best-loved niece and Franklin’s wife, all three overcome personal obstacles as they independently—and collectively—transform the model of a nation’s responsibility to its citizens and the wider world.

Theodore Roosevelt: The Rough Rider (1901-1909)

Teddy Roosevelt was such a dynamo of a man that he was put up on Mount Rushmore along with three other super-presidents. And the Teddy Bear is named after him! He was pretty fascinating, take a look.

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Remembering Theodore Roosevelt: Roosevelt's Revival

On February 14th, 1884, Theodore Roosevelt suffered the loss of both his wife and his mother. Seeking solace, Theodore traveled to the far west of Dakota Territory where he found the healing he so desperately needed. Roosevelt always claimed that the experiences he had in Dakota Territory attributed to his presidency.

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Produced in 1991 by KSPS Public Television, Theodore Roosevelt and the Western Experience examines the 26th president of the United States, in an hour long documentary that was resurrected.

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Theodore Roosevelt: A Cowboy's Ride to the White House (Trailer)

Theodore Roosevelt: A Cowboy's Ride to the White House is the exciting story of a physically challenged young man from Harvard who came to the western frontier in 1883.

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Theodore Roosevelt bought a ranch, learned how to ride, shoot, hunt and acquired the skills that would make him a war hero and American President. It was in the Badlands of Dakota where young Roosevelt became a cowboy and learned about democracy and the American West.

Teddy Roosevelt's ranch

For future president Theodore Roosevelt, the year 1884 was a very bad year indeed; he lost both his mother and his wife in just a matter of hours. To soothe his soul, he headed to North Dakota, which is where Mo Rocca takes us on a visit to what was once the site of Roosevelt's fabled Elkhorn Ranch.

Theodore Roosevelt Speaks!

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (/ˈroʊzəvɛlt/ ROH-zə-velt;[a] October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He also served as the 25th Vice President of the United States and as the 33rd Governor of New York. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. Alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, his image stands on Mount Rushmore.
Roosevelt was born a sickly child with debilitating asthma, but he successfully overcame his physical health problems by embracing a strenuous lifestyle. He integrated his exuberant personality, vast range of interests, and world-famous achievements into a cowboy persona defined by robust masculinity. Home-schooled, he began a lifelong naturalist avocation before attending Harvard College. His book, The Naval War of 1812 (1882), established his reputation as both a learned historian and as a popular writer. Upon entering politics, he became the leader of the reform faction of Republicans in New York's state legislature. Following the near-simultaneous deaths of his wife and mother, he escaped to a cattle ranch in the Dakotas. Roosevelt served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President William McKinley, but resigned from that post to lead the Rough Riders during the Spanish–American War. Returning a war hero, he was elected Governor of New York in 1898. After the death of Vice President Garret Hobart, the New York state party leadership convinced McKinley to accept Roosevelt as his running mate in the 1900 election, moving Roosevelt to the prestigious but powerless role of vice president. Roosevelt campaigned vigorously and the McKinley-Roosevelt ticket won a landslide victory based on a platform of peace, prosperity, and conservatism.
Following McKinley's assassination in September 1901, Roosevelt became president at age 42, and remains the youngest president. As a leader of the Progressive movement, he championed his Square Deal domestic policies, promising the average citizen fairness, breaking of trusts, regulation of railroads, and pure food and drugs. Making conservation a top priority, he established a myriad of new national parks, forests, and monuments intended to preserve the nation's natural resources. In foreign policy, he focused on Central America, where he began construction of the Panama Canal. He expanded the Navy and sent the Great White Fleet on a world tour to project the United States' naval power around the globe. His successful efforts to broker the end of the Russo-Japanese War won him the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize. He avoided the controversial tariff and money issues. Elected in 1904 to a full term, Roosevelt continued to promote progressive policies, but many of his efforts and much of his legislative agenda were eventually blocked in Congress. Roosevelt successfully groomed his close friend, William Howard Taft, and Taft won the 1908 presidential election to succeed him. In polls of historians and political scientists, Roosevelt is generally ranked as one of the five best presidents.[2]
Frustrated with Taft's conservatism, Roosevelt belatedly tried to win the 1912 Republican nomination. He failed, walked out, and founded a third party, the Progressive, so-called Bull Moose Party, which called for wide-ranging progressive reforms. The split allowed the Democrats to win the White House and a majority in both houses of Congress. Following his election defeat, Roosevelt led a two-year expedition to the Amazon basin, where he nearly died of tropical disease. During World War I, he criticized President Woodrow Wilson for keeping the country out of the war with Germany, and his offer to lead volunteers to France was rejected. Though he had considered running for president again in 1920, Roosevelt's health continued to deteriorate, and he died in 1919.

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Mount Rushmore- Spotlight on Theodore Roosevelt. Who are the faces on the mountain?

Discover why Gutzon Borglum chose to carve Theodore Roosevelt as part of Mount Rushmore.

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Theodore Roosevelt the Writer

A discussion of Heather Cole's Theodore Roosevelt: A Descriptive Bibliography with the author and TR's great-grandson, Tweed Roosevelt, Professor and Chairman of the Theodore Roosevelt Institute at Long Island University.

Teddy Roosevelt: The Cowboy King

The New York native and colorful president gets a fresh take in Jerome Charyn’s book, “The Perilous Adventures Of The Cowboy King.”

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