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Today in history: A presidential plea to close America's racial divide
In 1905, President Roosevelt asked whites to adjust their attitudes toward minorities
Getting his message across.
Getting his message across. (CORBIS)

Feb. 13, 1905: In a speech focusing on America's wide racial divide, President Theodore Roosevelt said whites should adjust their attitudes towards minorities. Roosevelt said whites were the leading race in the United States and therefore had a responsibility to preserve American civilization by working to improve the status of all minorities.

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“Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.” —Theodore Roosevelt


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