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Written in Stone 2020

 I have been immensely interested in the many debates surrounding statues, flag designs, and the naming of buildings, universities, and even lakes in the past several months.  The Duke University Press published in September 2018 a second edition of my 1998 book Written in Stone:  Public Monuments in Changing Societies.  2018  seems like far more than two years ago, even if one takes into account the fact that I was adding to my 20,000 word "afterword" until literally the day the book went to p...
Tags: Minnesota, Mississippi, Minneapolis, Washington Post, Washington, New York City, John Lennon, Africa, America, United States, New York Times, Oxford, New Orleans, Princeton, Committee, Branding


"This is the moment for a Rooseveltian approach to the U.K. The country has gone through a profound shock. But in those moments, you have the opportunity to change, and to do things better."

Said Boris Johnson, quoted in "A Surprising Role Model Emerges for Boris Johnson: F.D.R./The British prime minister, trying to regroup in the coronavirus pandemic, wants to bury Thatcherism and embark on a program of ambitious public works" (NYT).Mr. Johnson is a Conservative populist who ran on a platform of pulling Britain out of the European Union and had, until now, modeled himself on Roosevelt’s wartime ally, Winston Churchill....One of [Johnson's] closest advisers, Michael Gove, recently [...
Tags: Europe, UK, Law, America, European Union, Metaphor, Britain, Sculpture, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Fdr, Brexit, Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Franklin D Roosevelt


Defenders of Roosevelt Statue Converge on Natural History Museum

NEW YORK -- For more than a dozen years, Marion Reid, 77, had walked past the statue of Theodore Roosevelt on his way to work in information technology at the American Museum of Natural History, an employer that he said often failed to treat African Americans with dignity.He drove into Manhattan around noon on Sunday to photograph the statue before officials carried out plans to remove it from its place of pride at the museum's Central Park West entrance, only to find himself engulfed by abo...
Tags: New York, News, Minneapolis, United States, New York Times, David Marcus, Manhattan, Bill De Blasio, American Museum of Natural History, Roosevelt, Westchester, Teddy Roosevelt, Reid, Theodore Roosevelt, Sharon, Central Park West


Defenders of Roosevelt Statue Converge on Natural History Museum

Last week it was decided to remove the image because it evoked racism and colonialism. Sunday, the other side turned out.
Tags: News, Museums, American Museum of Natural History, Demonstrations, Theodore, Roosevelt, Protests and Riots


Removing the Statues (T.R. and Others)

Readers discuss plans to remove the Teddy Roosevelt statue in front of the Museum of Natural History and controversies over other monuments.
Tags: News, Black People, American Museum of Natural History, Theodore, Roosevelt, Museum of Natural History, Politics And Government, Monuments and Memorials (Structures


‘Faces of the conquerors’: Trump trip to Rushmore draws fire

By STEPHEN GROVES SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  — President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore are drawing sharp criticism from Native Americans who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them and used to pay homage to leaders hostile to native people. Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump’s July 3 visit, part of Trump’s “comeback” campaign for a nation reeling from sickness, unemployme...
Tags: Politics, News, Minnesota, Washington, Uncategorized, America, Georgia, Sport, Soccer, United States, South Dakota, The White House, Lincoln, Donald Trump, Trump, Ku Klux Klan


We Don’t Have to Like Them. We Just Need to Understand Them.

No question the Roosevelt sculpture has to go. But what of the Shaw Memorial in Boston? Eliminate or obscure it, or explain it?
Tags: Art, News, Boston, Museums, Sculpture, American Museum of Natural History, Demonstrations, Black Lives Matter Movement, Theodore, Roosevelt, Shaw, Protests and Riots, Race and Ethnicity, Civil War (US) (1861-65, Monuments and Memorials (Structures, Boston (Mass


Statue of Teddy Roosevelt targeted amid calls to remove controversial monuments

Where is the line? Republican strategist Joseph Pinion and Democratic strategist Angela Dorn debate.
Tags: News, Roosevelt, Joseph Pinion, Angela Dorn


NYC’s Natural History Museum To Remove Teddy Roosevelt Statue From Entrance

NEW YORK — The American Museum of Natural History will remove a prominent statue of Theodore Roosevelt from its entrance after years of objections that it symbolizes colonial expansion and racial discrimination, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. The bronze statue that has stood at the museum’s Central Park West entrance since 1940 depicts Roosevelt on horseback with a Native American man and an African man standing next to the horse. “The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove...
Tags: New York, News, New York City, New York Times, Bill De Blasio, American Museum of Natural History, De Blasio, Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Central Park West, Ellen Futter, David Taintor, George Floyd


Goodbye to the racist statue of Roosevelt and two people of color outside NYC's Natural History Museum

Since 1940, a statue of President Theodore Roosevelt on a horse flanked by a Native American man and an African man on foot has stood outside New York City's American Museum of Natural History. After years of protests against the statue's composition, the museum has now decided to remove it. This decision follows a special exhibition last year, titled "Addressing the Statue," about the disturbing monument and its historical context. (See exhibition video below.) From the New York Times: ...
Tags: Post, News, Activism, New York City, Philippines, Museums, New York Times, Protests, Statues, Colonialism, Bill De Blasio, American Museum of Natural History, Pacific, Caribbean, People Of Color, Roosevelt


"I want to see you brave and manly and I also want to see you gentle and tender."

Words from Theodore Roosevelt, firmly attached to a wall near the entrance of the Museum of Natural History, photographed by me in 2007, and dug up this morning on the occasion of the news that the TR statue will be removed from its sublime place of prominence in front of the museum.The NYT reports:[T]he museum’s president, Ellen V. Futter... made clear that the museum’s decision was based on the statue itself — namely its “hierarchical composition”—- and not on Roosevelt, whom the museum contin...
Tags: Law, Museums, Sculpture, Bill De Blasio, Columbia University, Propaganda, American Museum of Natural History, Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt, Masculinity, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, Era of That's Not Funny


Theodore Roosevelt statue will be removed from the front steps of the Museum of Natural History

The statue of President Roosevelt will be removed from the steps of the Museum of Natural History.
Tags: Cnn, Roosevelt, Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt


Theodore Roosevelt statue will be removed from front steps of the Museum of Natural History

The statue of President Roosevelt will be removed from the steps of the Museum of Natural History.
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Museum to remove Roosevelt statue decried as white supremacy

The American Museum of Natural History will remove a prominent statue of Theodore Roosevelt from its entrance after years of objections that it symbolizes colonial expansion and racial discrimination, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. The bronze statue that has stood at the museum's Central Park West entrance since 1940 depicts Roosevelt on horseback with a Native American man and an African man standing next to the horse. “The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove the Theodor...
Tags: News, Bill De Blasio, American Museum of Natural History, De Blasio, Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Central Park West


The Navy Is Blaming the Captain It Fired for Accurate COVID-19 Warning

Navy Capt. Brett Crozier has been vindicated after warning of a dire coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt—just not by the Navy, which on Friday announced that it will not reverse Crozier’s firing for the infraction of trying to save his sailors’ lives. Instead, the Navy leadership implied that Crozier was responsible for the outbreak that he loudly warned he needed urgent help from the Navy to redress.“If Capt. Crozier was still in command today, I would be relieving him,” the ...
Tags: News, Navy, Defense, Pentagon, Vietnam, Pacific, Esper, Adm, Roosevelt, Hoffman, Guam, Crozier, Seventh Fleet, Mark Esper, Robert Burke, Kenneth J Braithwaite


Navy Captain Who Rang COVID Alarm Reportedly Won’t Get Command Back

The Navy captain who was removed from his post after ringing alarm bells about a COVID-19 outbreak on board his ship will not get his job back, according to several reports on the conclusions of an investigation. Capt. Brett Crozier became a hero for some after an alarming letter he wrote, which warned higher-ups about the spread of COVID-19 on the U.S.S. Roosevelt, was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle. Multiple reported Friday that the Navy had concluded Crozier shouldn’t get his job ...
Tags: News, Navy, Defense, Times, Baker, Roosevelt, Guam, Crozier, James McPherson, Matt Shuham, Mark Esper, Thomas Modly, Modly, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Brett Crozier


Pleas on Juneteenth: Take the Statues Down

“Respect those who died, but do not celebrate their beliefs with statues,” writes one reader of Confederate soldiers.
Tags: News, Lee, Theodore, Roosevelt, Confederate States of America, United States Politics and Government, Juneteenth, Civil War (US) (1861-65, Slavery (Historical, Monuments and Memorials (Structures, Robert E


A kid and his family re-created "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" scene-by-scene in quarantine

"Roosevelt's Big Adventure," a thoughtful, low-low-budget re-creation of Pee-wee's Big Adventure, is a hoot — such dedication from the entire family! A retelling if the classic 1985 movie by one of PeeWee's biggest & smallest fans - this was all his idea! Created during quarantine with what we had. (Pee-wee Herman) screengrab via doubleeweareein/YouTube
Tags: Post, Video, News, Pee-wee Herman, Recreation, Roosevelt, Peewee, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Big Adventure, I love that story


A Canal That Opened the Montana Prairie May Soon Dry Up

An early 20th-century federal water project irrigated the prairie to create farms and towns in eastern Montana. But it needs a $200 million overhaul.
Tags: News, Montana, Water, Rivers, Irrigation, Theodore, Roosevelt, Bureau of Reclamation, Canals, Agriculture and Farming, Infrastructure (Public Works, Glacier National Park (Mont, Havre (Mont, Montana Prairie


Roosevelt – “Sign”

German producer Marius Lauber, aka Roosevelt, makes melodic post-chillwave synthpop with a danceable disco twist. Today, he's back with "Sign," the first new single since his 2018 sophomore album Young Romance and a thumping house-pop jam with an emotional ballad at its gooey center. As Lauber explains in a statement: … More »
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Why the U.S. has had more vice presidents than presidents

Initially, the vice presidency was a consolation prize for the runner-up in the Electoral College.For a total of almost 38 years – about one-sixth of U.S. history – the office of vice president has been vacant.As this map shows, Richard Nixon remains the only vice president to date born west of the Rockies. Hail Columbia Here's a strange fact about America's top executives that you may not have noticed before: the United States has had more vice presidents than it has had presidents. Trump is ...
Tags: Politics, New York, Texas, Congress, California, Democracy, Mexico, Kentucky, France, Government, Senate, White House, Virginia, Massachusetts, America, San Francisco


The First 100 Days | By Adam Knight

As we start to understand our new normal, there's an opportunity for savvy managers and business owners to outline an action plan that will launch them out of their current situation and provide the momentum needed to be successful in our new normal.It wasn't until Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1933 that a president's first 100 days became a topic of discussion. After inauguration, he moved quickly to pass 15 major pieces of legislation. This level of productivity was unheard of at...
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It’s My 100th Birthday. It’s Been Quite a Century.

I grew up in the Great Depression and served in World War II. Trust me when I say America will survive this crisis, too.
Tags: News, America, Trump, Roosevelt, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Franklin Delano, Great Depression (1930's, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


US aircraft carrier hit by major coronavirus outbreak returns to sea

The USS Theodore Roosevelt has returned to sea after spending weeks in port in Guam following a major coronavirus outbreak on board in March.
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US aircraft carrier hit by major coronavirus outbreak to return to sea this week

The USS Theodore Roosevelt is expected to return to sea this week after spending weeks in port in Guam following a major coronavirus outbreak on board in March, a US Navy official tells CNN.
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USS aircraft carrier hit by major coronavirus outbreak to return to sea this week

The USS Theodore Roosevelt is expected to return to sea this week after spending weeks in port in Guam following a major coronavirus outbreak on board in March, a US Navy official tells CNN.
Tags: News, Stories, US Navy, Roosevelt, Guam


Large companies are incentivized to ignore worker safety, study finds

A study of over 100,000 Oregon-based businesses found companies are incentivized to ignore worker safety. As states begin to reopen, 17 states are seeing increased numbers of coronavirus cases. The biggest outbreaks are occurring at cramped and unsanitary meatpacking plants. For a few weeks the media emphasized the need for hazard pay, or as some corporations called it, "hero's pay." While coronavirus cases are not going down everywhere—in 17 states infection rates are rising—companies such as...
Tags: Amazon, Work, Facebook, Workplace, Oregon, America, Chicago, Public Health, Innovation, New Orleans, Fda, Starbucks, Durham, Social Change, Derek, Sinclair


USS aircraft carrier hit by major coronavirus outbreak to return to sea this week

The USS Theodore Roosevelt is expected to return to sea this week after spending weeks in port in Guam following a major coronavirus outbreak on board in March, a US Navy official tells CNN.
Tags: Cnn, US Navy, Roosevelt, Guam




Envisioning a post-crisis world

Early in World War II, in August 1941, before the United States had entered the war and Britain stood alone against Adolph Hitler, President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill steamed in secret aboard their respective battleships and met off the coast of Newfoundland on HMS Prince of Wales. Their aim: Shape the Post War World. They drafted eight points that became the Atlantic Charter, shaping the United Nations and other lasting relationships of the post-war years.Humanity,...
Tags: Books, New York, Featured, US, Spain, Physics, Britain, United States, Global Economy, Winston Churchill, United Nations, Newfoundland, Global Economics, Churchill, Social Sciences, Zika