Learn more about Theodore Roosevelt and his time from leading historians in these hour-long videos and explore documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection with our curators and guests.
Historians Speak Out
- “The Progressive Era” by Gary Gerstle, Vanderbilt University
Professor Gerstle explores the Progressive movement and Progressives’ fears that America was becoming a place for the rich, while leaving the poor behind
- “The Lion’s Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and His Family in Peace and War” by Edward J. Renehan Jr.
Edward J. Renehan, Jr., examines Theodore Roosevelt’s view of war and how this affected his children, based on Renehan’s book The Lion’s Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and His Family in Peace and War.
- “Theodore Roosevelt and the National Park System” with Bruce Schulman, Boston University, at the Gilder Lehrman Collection
Professor Bruce Schulman explains the origins of Roosevelt’s famous appreciation for and desire to conserve America’s natural resources and how he helped redefine the role of the president as a “steward of citizens’ general welfare” by establishing the first national park system.
- “When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt after the White House” by Patricia O’Toole, Columbia University
Professor O’Toole discusses her book exploring the last decade of Roosevelt’s life, his dream of returning to the presidency, his continuing belief in the political, economic, and social reforms that he had espoused throughout his life
Inside the Vault
- “The Diary of WWI Nurse Ella Jane Osborn,” with Gilder Lehrman curators and master teachers
Gilder Lehrman curators discuss the diary of World War I nurse Ella Jane Osborn and what we can learn about the war through such primary sources.
- “Women’s Suffrage,” with Gilder Lehrman curators and master teachers
Gilder Lehrman curators discuss the women’s suffrage movement, analyzing documents such as suffrage propaganda, anti-suffrage views, and a map tracing the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment across the country.
- “The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt,” with Gilder Lehrman curators
Gilder Lehrman curators are joined by Tweed Roosevelt, a great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, to analyze documents written by the former president. They discuss Roosevelt’s children, the impact of World War I on the family, and the attempt to assassinate Roosevelt.