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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Roosevelt uses education as a cycle that flows through every generation as the knowledge of citizenship is passed down. Education is the key element in producing the good citizen and without it the knowledge will stop being passed down through the generations. Compared to today’s general definition of citizenship, President Roosevelt’s idea of citizenship expects more from the people of the country than what is actually given today. Roosevelt pushes for more informed citizens and he believes that citizenship is more than just a birthright. He believes that if freedom is worth having, a citizen should be held accountable for assuring that he is doing everything needed of a citizen. Compared to today’s average citizen, some of Roosevelt’s ideas are not visible in most citizens of the United States. Roosevelt believes that all citizens should be involved in politics to a certain extent but in today’s world many citizens are not fully aware of the political aspect of the country. Civic participation is not required in the United States. There is no requirement to attend town meetings, read newspapers, stay informed about issues, or belong to a political party, citizens can stay home and do nothing if they choose. Society today is ran at a faster pace and fueled off of what can benefit a person in the moment. Citizens today are more focused on material goods and social status and it pushes them away from politics. Due to current economic times many citizens put the


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