- Historic Sites
Joseph L. Gardner
COPYRIGHT © 1973 BY JOSEPH L. GARDNER Roosevelt indeed had some political weight in the United States—and an interesting few years ahead. Although he declined the Bull Moose nomination for governor of New York later in 1914, he rejoined the Republican Party in 1916 and unsuccessfully sought the Presidential nomination. When World War I broke out in Europe, he led the crusade against neutrality and for American preparedness but was refused permission by Wilson to raise and lead a cavalry division to France after the United States entered the conflict. By the end of 1918, with the war over and with Wilson’s leadership repudiated in the midterm elections, the Colonel was once more hailed as the leader of the G.O.P. and was being widely discussed as a virtually unbeatable candidate for President in 1920. About 4 A.M. on January 6, 1919, at Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt died in his sleep of a pulmonary embolism. He had turned sixty only two months earlier.
Why do we need a national nonprofit membership society for American history?
“Save America’s Treasures” has been totally eliminated—the largest Federal program supporting preservation of such treasures as the original Star Spangled Banner and George Washington’s tent.
65% of Americans don’t know what happened at the Constitutional Convention, according to a recent survey by Newsweek.
The “Teaching American History” grants—the largest Federal program supporting history education—have been completely eliminated.
Visits to the Top 20 Civil War battlefields have dropped in half from 1970 to 2009 according to official National Park Service statistics.
40% of Americans can’t identify whom we fought in World War II, according to a recent survey by Newsweek.
A quarter of Americans believe Congress shares power over U.S. foreign policy with the United Nations, according to a recent Annenberg survey.
“There is little that is more important for an American citizen to know than the history and traditions of his country,” John F. Kennedy wrote in American Heritage.
The “We the People Program,” which touched some 30 million students and 90,000 teachers over 25 years, has been completely eliminated.
Two-thirds of Americans could not correctly name Yorktown as the last major military action of the American Revolution, according to a recent national Gallup survey.
The National Heritage Areas and Scenic Byways program, the only major Federal program encouraging visits to historic places, has been completely eliminated in Congressional committee.