Mount Rushmore - Essay by Reynande - Anti Essays
It is still difficult for many Native Americans to look upon these white men as their founding fathers although they were often referred to by their ambassadors to the tribes as “The Great White Father.” Here is what Thomas Jefferson, one face on Mount Rushmore, said about American Indians on August 28, 1807:
“If ever we are constrained to lift the hatchet against any tribe we will never lay it down til that tribe is exterminated, or driven beyond the Mississippi .
4 New Faces for Mt. Rushmore and Why - Term Paper
But with so many brave men and women leading the way we fought to make America better and since the days of Jim Crow, we have come a very long way. I am sure that even the men on Mount Rushmore, men who chose to denigrate and demean American Indians and lash their slaves with whips, would be shocked to see how far we have come as a people. We came as far as we have because it was Indians, Blacks and Hispanics standing up and demanding the same freedoms as whites that propagated these changes for the better.
And so the four faces on Mount Rushmore, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were of a different era and saw America through the eyes of their times.