Roosevelt Monument

TitleRoosevelt Monument
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published02/1996
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Keywordsarchitecture , Arts , Diversity , history
AbstractA controversy has arisen over a planned monument in honor of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, D.C. President Roosevelt, a victim of polio for most of his life, was unable to walk unaided throughout his entire presidency, and did like to be photographed in a wheelchair while in office. However, a board member of the National Organization on Disability, Mike Deland, has tried unsuccessfully to get a statue of him in a wheelchair included as part of the monument. "Without question he is the role model for the fifty million disabled persons living in the country." The Memorial Commission, however, argues that to portray Roosevelt as disabled would betray his memory, and that the memorial should not be a vehicle for making a social statement.
NotesCase study from the February 3, 1996 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Robert Ladenson, Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1996.
URLhttp://ethics.iit.edu/EEL/Roosevelt.pdf
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