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house Bill H.R. 3250

Should Sites Associated With Julius Rosenwald Be Studied For Inclusion as a Unit of the National Park System?

Argument in favor

Julius Rosenwald was a part owner of Sears, Roebuck and Company who used his wealth to help build over 5,000 schools in the Southern U.S. in the Jim Crow era. The Dept. of the Interior should study whether some of those sites could be included as a unit of the National Park System.

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12/18/2020
Update: Yes, Julius Rosenwald, a part owner and president of Sears, Roebuck and Company and noted philanthropist, most notably he built schools for African Americans in the South during Jim Crow era. I would love to learn more about him & visit landmarks related to his legacy! @JimK yes the National Park Service maintains historical landmarks. You can read about it here: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1582/index.htm
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Jim2423's Opinion
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12/17/2020
I must admit I never knew this. This fellow out did Bill Gates by a long shot. All Gates wanted to do is support Charter Schools and reduce state funds from public schools and divert the funds to Charter Schools. Yes allow Dept. if Interior to research this item. This is a real special part of history.
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jimK's Opinion
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12/18/2020
I have no problem studying the inclusion sites associated with Julias Rosenwald as part of the National Park System per se. Does our National Park system normally include historically significant sites that are not nature preserves or consequential historical ex-president’s ex-founders compounds? I know that there are a lot of historical sites in the historical register which are maintained privately as kind of museums- but are they part of of our National Park system? I really don’t know and am not inclined at the moment to research this. So, study it and when there is a concrete proposal about doing this or not, I might be able to offer a more informed opinion.
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Argument opposed

While Julius Rosenwald clearly enjoyed great success as a businessman and helped further equality by building schools for Blacks in the South during Jim Crow, his legacy doesn’t need to be honored through the creation of a unit of the National Park System that recognizes those accomplishments.

Frank-001's Opinion
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12/18/2020
Representatives, Thank you for passing this bill. However, it was not even remotely a priority. People are starving and Congress is passing out "pork.*" By the way, @Kenneth who wrote, "I vote no, he did nothing to help NH or white people." I believe it‘s best to do a little research before commenting You‘d do well to learn about Sears. In many areas throughout America the Sears Catalog / Mail Order Business was a lifeline. That undoubtedly included New Hampshire and certainly included fair skinned people. Sears was the Amazon.com of its day. The company is a case study to be learned and treasured. That one of the company's founders did some social good for the Black Community is just an added benefit worthy of preserving. But I do think the timing is wrong and it's not the time to be honoring contributions to commerce or social justice. . * "pork" short for pork barrel n. Slang A government project or appropriation that yields jobs or other benefits to a specific locale and patronage opportunities to its political representative.
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Ritz's Opinion
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12/18/2020
Is this more important than, COVID-19 pandemic, high unemployment, people with no income, eviction, people starving, homelessness and so on!
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12/17/2020
While truly this is something that should be honored, not convinced that the creation of a unit under the NPS is appropriate/fitting.
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What is House Bill H.R. 3250?

This bill would direct the Dept. of the Interior to study sites associated with the life and legacy of Julius Rosenwald, a part owner and president of Sears, Roebuck and Company and noted philanthropist. Rosenwald helped finance construction of 5,357 schools in 15 Southern states from 1912 and 1932. The study would evaluate the national significance of the sites with particular emphasis on certain Rosenwald Schools, and determine the feasibility of designating the sites as a unit of the National Park System, including an interpretive center in or near Chicago, Illinois.

Impact

The legacy of Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald Schools; and the Dept. of the Interior.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3250

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Danny Davis (D-IL) offered a statement on his introduction of this bill to study the feasibility of a National Park System unit honoring the legacy of Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald Schools when it received a subcommittee hearing. Davis’s statement read in part:

“It is reported that President Lincoln used to quote Henry Peter Brougham by saying, “Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.” I know the importance of Mr. Rosenwald’s work to bring education to African Americans in the rural South, embodying the spirit of Lincoln’s words. Many of the small towns where African Americans lived during his time had no school at all, and, if they had one, it only went to the sixth or eighth grade. Although I did not attend a Rosenwald School, I know the impact of their presence for African Americans in the segregated south in the post-Reconstruction era.  As one who has lived in and represents the area where Sears Roebuck was headquartered, I also understand the importance of Mr. Rosenwald’s influence on the cultural and economic development of Chicago and this nation.”

This legislation passed the House Natural Resources Committee by unanimous consent and has the support of 43 bipartisan cosponsors, including 35 Democrats and eight Republicans. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) sponsored this bill’s Senate companion, which is cosponsored by eight Democrats and one Republican.


Of NoteBooker T. Washington encouraged Julius Rosenwald to try to improve the state of African-American education in the U.S., which was hampered by buildings and books that were inadequate during the early 1900s. Rosenwald and the fund he established donated millions of dollars toward the construction of public schools and higher education facilities for African-Americans, in addition to several other endeavors aimed at lessening the impact of anti-black and anti-Jewish racism.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: SaveRivers via Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

AKA

Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald Schools Act of 2020

Official Title

To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the sites associated with the life and legacy of the noted American philanthropist and business executive Julius Rosenwald, with a special focus on the Rosenwald Schools, and for other purposes.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate Passed December 21st, 2020
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed December 17th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 387 Yea / 5 Nay
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJune 13th, 2019

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    Update: Yes, Julius Rosenwald, a part owner and president of Sears, Roebuck and Company and noted philanthropist, most notably he built schools for African Americans in the South during Jim Crow era. I would love to learn more about him & visit landmarks related to his legacy! @JimK yes the National Park Service maintains historical landmarks. You can read about it here: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1582/index.htm
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    Representatives, Thank you for passing this bill. However, it was not even remotely a priority. People are starving and Congress is passing out "pork.*" By the way, @Kenneth who wrote, "I vote no, he did nothing to help NH or white people." I believe it‘s best to do a little research before commenting You‘d do well to learn about Sears. In many areas throughout America the Sears Catalog / Mail Order Business was a lifeline. That undoubtedly included New Hampshire and certainly included fair skinned people. Sears was the Amazon.com of its day. The company is a case study to be learned and treasured. That one of the company's founders did some social good for the Black Community is just an added benefit worthy of preserving. But I do think the timing is wrong and it's not the time to be honoring contributions to commerce or social justice. . * "pork" short for pork barrel n. Slang A government project or appropriation that yields jobs or other benefits to a specific locale and patronage opportunities to its political representative.
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    I must admit I never knew this. This fellow out did Bill Gates by a long shot. All Gates wanted to do is support Charter Schools and reduce state funds from public schools and divert the funds to Charter Schools. Yes allow Dept. if Interior to research this item. This is a real special part of history.
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    I have no problem studying the inclusion sites associated with Julias Rosenwald as part of the National Park System per se. Does our National Park system normally include historically significant sites that are not nature preserves or consequential historical ex-president’s ex-founders compounds? I know that there are a lot of historical sites in the historical register which are maintained privately as kind of museums- but are they part of of our National Park system? I really don’t know and am not inclined at the moment to research this. So, study it and when there is a concrete proposal about doing this or not, I might be able to offer a more informed opinion.
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    @Causes: Today the FDA Advisory Committee voted to recommend Moderna Covid Vaccine which is far more important than National Parks which can be addressed after passing Covid relief needed for vaccine deployment & stimulus. Science has delivered ahead of schedule but Congress not at all! Congress needs to focus on priorities and get them done first! Enough with all the distractions!
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    Somewhere between the National Register of Historic Places and the context that the Smithsonian’s complex of museums on the national mall, this is a unique and important part of US social and economic history that shouldn’t be lost to time or ignorant development.
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    This accomplishment is probably not well known by most Americans, including myself. It would be a pity not to acknowledge it and honor it.
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    I was ignorant of the contributions of Rosenwald. His support for education in the south should not be overlooked. This is a great accomplishment and should be remembered.
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    Yes, this is the type of person who deserves national recognition for his philanthropy!
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    business men sharing their good fortunes is a good thing
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    This might be something to think about in the future but right now getting relief to the people in trouble and getting us out of the pandemic nightmare is all that Congress needs to worry about.
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    Is this more important than, COVID-19 pandemic, high unemployment, people with no income, eviction, people starving, homelessness and so on!
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    As part of my family history I would like to see this recognized. I would appreciate your support.
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    Why can’t you do something timely and help people? Stimulus!!
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    While truly this is something that should be honored, not convinced that the creation of a unit under the NPS is appropriate/fitting.
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    Let’s honor those who do worthwhile things with their fortunes of wealth.
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    No. Do the stimulus. Period. 8 Million people are in poverty due to lockdowns. This is not more important than feeding children.
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    I believe in factual honesty history good or bad, honoring or disgracing, we as a country can not move foreword with out truth, honesty and facts!
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    I believe we need more heroes and to be reminded or made aware of how many heroes of grand deeds are and were not of “white European descent”. I think philanthropy should be honored rather than scoffed at or regarded with suspicion as it too often is these days. Not all of us can practice philanthropy, defined as the desire to promote the welfare of others, on such a large scale. We can, however, by word and deed practice it in the small ways that we can - a thank you with eye contact, taking a neighbor’s newspaper from their driveway to their front door, letting someone in front of us in line, standing up when someone is being poorly treated. Every religion and spiritual tradition that I know of has caring for one another, and especially the weaker among us, included in their instruction. This man, despite the disadvantages in our country to those born anything but “white of European descent” built a fortune through his own abilities and hard work to amass a fortune he proceeded to use to provide a potential path to better lives for others. He is emblematic of so much more than just the schools he built. They are a manifestation of a philanthropic spirit less constrained because of the wealth he built. We need heroes and, in my opinion, he was one. We have enshrined other heroes by preserving homes, places of birth, emblazoning names on buildings, and raising statues. The majority of those heroes are “white of European descent”. I think we enshrine heroes not only in remembrance and gratitude. I think we also enshrine them to model for everyone that virtues such as integrity and courage are in all of us and to be respected as well as what is possible. We need to be reminded of heroes, their deeds, and what both together exemplify, in my opinion.
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    As long as the funds are used to keeping these schools fit to educate the young.
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