Monday, May 22, 2006

Hollandale, Conclusion:

“I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it.” William Faulkner

In 1902 President Theodore Roosevelt was hunting on the outskirts of Hollandale when his attendants roped an old, black bear. Roosevelt declined to shoot, calling it unsportsmanlike. A cartoonist for The Washington Post drew a cartoon of the event that was picked up the next day and reprinted across the country. The bear become known as “Teddy’s Bear,” and, a few months later, a Brooklyn shopkeeper started selling “Teddy Bears.”

The history of Hollandale, this tiny postage stamp of a town, is our history. From slavery to Elvis to literature to teddy bears it is nothing less than the story of America...

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