Keep it for Your Children: Theodore Roosevelt's 1903 Western Trip
By James G. Blase. Softcover, 391 pages.
Written and released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt’s passing on January 6, 1919, this book chronicles a nine-week, coast-to-coast , “western trip” which the President made during the middle of the first term of his Presidency, from April 1 through the first week of June, 1903.
The book endeavors to create an “unauthorized” day-by-day, hour-by-hour journal of the 1903 western trip for the President. It documents both the pre-planning and every day during the President’s train tour of the western United States, based on the President’s own writings, the writings of those who traveled and camped with the President, the more than 250 speeches the President made over the course of the nine-week trip (the preparation for which no doubt accounted for the President’s inability to also keep his own daily journal of the trip), and, most importantly, the local newspaper accounts from virtually every city or small town where the President’s train stopped.
“Keep it for your children and your children’s children.” Most everyone is familiar with these now famous remarks Theodore Roosevelt made at the Grand Canyon during the middle of his 1903 western trip, and how the President eventually applied this same sentiment towards our nation’s other National Parks, Monuments and Forests. As you travel along with President Roosevelt over the duration of his cross-country train journey, you will gradually discover that the President preached a very similar “keep it for your children and your children’s children” message when it came to the duty of every American to help keep, preserve and protect the nation itself.
Softcover, 391 pages.