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New Primary Source Set: Theodore Roosevelt

Published on Mon, 12/12/2016

[caption id="attachment_9973" align="alignright" width="212"]Theodore Roosevelt wearing ornate allegorical crown of Panama Canal, "the greatest achievement for trade in modern times." Theodore Roosevelt wearing ornate allegorical crown of Panama Canal, "the greatest achievement for trade in modern times."[/caption] Theodore Roosevelt is an iconic figure in American history. Long before he became President of the United States, Roosevelt was studying, researching, and writing books about history. Roosevelt would later go on to serve in a variety of local, state, and federal positions, including positions connected to the U.S. Armed Forces.   The primary sources compiled in the following set are designed to provide snapshots of Teddy Roosevelt during different periods of his life, beginning with a photograph of his birthplace/childhood and extending through the late stages of his life.  Some of the sources are outwardly pro-Roosevelt, others are anti-Roosevelt, and then there are those that could be interpreted either way, depending on what other information the one interpreting/analyzing the sources brings to the table. There are certain topics which will stand out in the documents, particularly Roosevelt’s role in the Progressive Movement and Imperialism. Included in the set are the content frameworks addressed, recommended secondary source readings, and a variety of classroom activities. Through the primary source documents provided, students may engage in a quadrant activity to analyze the four portions of an image or answer a teacher generated Document Based Question. Encourage students to argue for or against Roosevelt as one of the most revered Presidents in United States history.   View more details, and download or access the primary source set online. Developed during the 2015 History in Motion program, a collaboration between Emerging America and the Library of Congress.

Karen Albano

former History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano worked with Emerging America from 2015-2020, contributing to many facets of the program including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, overseeing social media outreach, and editing the History eNews.