Citizenship Paper

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Theodore Roosevelt’s The Duties of American Citizenship Speech

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States of America. He is noted for his enthusiastic personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement. Before becoming President, he held offices at the city, state, and federal levels. Roosevelt's achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician. On January 26, 1883 in Buffalo, New York Roosevelt delivered a speech that reveals his ideas of what an ideal citizen is and what his role in the community should be. President Roosevelt’s ideas of citizenship in 1883 are different from the
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The good citizen will education his family and his community by being a role model and preforming his civic duties. Roosevelt shapes his ideas of citizenship around how a man treats the people around him which impacts the entire community. Roosevelt’s ideal citizen focuses more on the lived experience of a man and his actions in community which reflect on public engagement. President Roosevelt focuses more on the individual person and he gives examples of how a good citizen should be because that one person has the power to impact more than just his self. Roosevelt says, “In a free republic the ideal citizen must be one willing and able to take arms for the defense of the flag, exactly as the ideal citizen must be the father of many healthy children.” Although the same expectations are felt in Roosevelt’s time and today, Roosevelt puts more emphasis on it because the educational advantages are present. President Roosevelt believes a good citizen with strong moral character will raise strong children and teach them the values he was taught. He says, “A race must be strong and vigorous; it must be a race of good fighters and good breeders, else its wisdom will come to naught and its virtue be ineffective.” President Roosevelt is saying without the teachings of good citizenship in the home, future generations will lose the true meaning of citizenship. All of Roosevelt’s characteristics of the good citizen involve education. A man cannot know what it

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