MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL - WHY THESE FOUR PRESIDENTS



TO COINCIDE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RECENT VISIT TO MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, SOUTH DAKOTA, for the 4th of July ~  I want to present this information about the presidents who have been enshrined on Mount Rushmore.  Why?  For two reasons:  First, because many Americans cannot name those four presidents.  And, second, to share with our Millennial Friends why those four presidents were chosen out of the thirty presidents to date in 1927, at the time construction was begun.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a massive sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota.  Begun on October 4, 1927, under President Calvin Coolidge (Republican, 30th President) and completed in 1941 under the direction of Gutzon Borglum, 
American sculptor, and his son Lincoln, the sculpture's roughly 60-ft.-high granite faces depict U.S. presidents George WashingtonThomas JeffersonTheodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.  

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WHY THESE FOUR PRESIDENTS?
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
https://www.nps.gov/moru/learn/historyculture/why-these-four-presidents.htm

Gutzon Borglum (American sculptor) selected these four presidents because from his perspective, they represented the most important events in the history of the United States.  Would another artist at that time, or perhaps a modern artist choose differently?  As you read more about Borglum's choices, think about what you might have done if the decision was up to you. 

GEORGE WASHINGTON, First President of the United States  ~  Born 1732, died 1799.  Washington led the colonists in the American Revolutionary War to win independence from Great Britain.  He was the father of the new country and laid the foundation of American democracy.  Because of his importance, Borglum chose Washington to be the most prominent figure on the mountain and represent the birth of the United States

"The preservation of the sacred fire of Liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people."  George Washington 

THOMAS JEFFERSON, Third President of the United States  ~  Born 1743, died 1826.  Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, a document which inspires democracies around the world.  He also purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803 which doubled the size of our country, adding all or part of fifteen present-day states.  Gutzon Borglum chose Jefferson to represent the growth of the United States

"We act not for ourselves but for the whole human race.  The event of our experiment is to show whether man can be trusted with self-government."  Thomas Jefferson 

THEODORE ROOSEVELT, 26th President of the United States  ~  Born 1858, died 1919.  Roosevelt provided leadership when America experienced rapid economic growth as it entered the 20th Century.  He was instrumental in negotiating the construction of the Panama Canal, linking the east and the west.  He was known as the "trust buster" for his work to end large corporate monopolies and ensure the rights of the common working man.  Borglum chose Roosevelt to represent the development of the United States

"The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight - that he shall not be a mere passenger."  Theodore Roosevelt 

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 16th President of the United States  ~  Born 1809, died 1865.  Lincoln held the nation together during its greatest trial, the Civil War.  Lincoln believed his most sacred duty was the preservation of the union.  It was his firm conviction that slavery must be abolished.  Gutzon Borglum chose Lincoln to represent the preservation of the United States

"I leave you hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal."  Abraham Lincoln 

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The more we know about the history of our homeland, America, the more we can love her - and the more we can become involved in protecting our American heritage - By Voting Conservative on November 3, 2020, and in all subsequent elections.   Your VOTE is the most powerful weapon which is available to ALL Legal Americans - and the most powerful weapon in your arsenal with which YOU can assure that we leave a Free and Godly America for all our children and grandchildren.

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