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Donald Trump Mount Rushmore Speech

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President Trump mark July 4 weekend by journeying to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, site of the 60-foot face of four American presidents chiselled into some of the oldest exposed granite on Earth. Looming over his visit, which included a military flyover and fireworks display, however, was tie between taking of Black Hills, where Mount Rushmore is located from Great Sioux Nation, and Black Lives Matter protests across the country. Following the Panic of 1873, however, United States was starving for gold specie to back up its paper currency. So in July 1874, Gen. George Armstrong Custer and his 7 Cavalry set out on an expedition to examine the Black Hills. He brought with him a pair of gold miners. After the expedition discovered gold in the Hills, as One dispatch put it, right from grass roots, there was immense pressure on the Grant administration to annex the mountain range through war or treaty. The creation of Mount Rushmore in the 1920s attempted to gloss over this violent history with triumphant narratives of Western expansion and freedom. Historian Doane Robinson, who had written on South Dakota history, came up with the idea in 1923. Robinson envisions Memorial directing tourism to the Midwestern State experiencing early symptoms of the Great Depression because of diminishing production prices crippling South Dakotas farm economy. Robinson wrote to US Sen. Peter Norbeck of South Dakota that the handiwork of one sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, would sell Black Hills and Park as nothing else could. Borglum was, in words of recent profile of Memorial, larger-than-life weirdo. Born into a polygamous Mormon family near Ovid, Idaho, to Danish immigrants in 1867, Borglum would go on to become a confidant of presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. He was a barnstormer for the National Progressive Party and agrarian Nonpartisan League, aviation aficionado and engineer, and servant of the second Ku Klux Klan. Borglum originally envisioned Mount Rushmore as a shrine to the westward course of the empire. He explained to the audience in Rapid City, SD, in 1925 that the monument would honor empire builders by celebrating the founder and savior of America, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln respectively and Thomas Jefferson, first Great expansionist who had secured the Louisiana Purchase. The fourth President who would be feature, Borglums friend Roosevelt, had thrust himself upon Western plains as grieving younger man mourning the deaths of his wife and mother, and had expanded the American empire via the Panama Canal. Sculptor proclaim, If you carve these empire-builders whole world will speak of South Dakota. Americans embrace Borglums vision for his sculpture.

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