Professor of History, University of South Carolina
Why was Teddy Roosevelt chosen as the fourth and last face to be sculpted into the southeastern face of Mount Rushmore? This webinar will take a closer look at Gutzon Borglum’s political support for Roosevelt in order to analyze the aspects of his personality and ideas that the Rushmore monument dramatizes. We will discuss Roosevelt's views on nature and the strenuous life, and we will explore his application of those concepts to public issues of race and war. Join us for a re-examination of Borglum’s effort to depict in granite one of the liveliest and most intellectually vigorous American presidents.