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EDUCATORS ’ PERSPECTIVE
Brian Grinder is a professor at Eastern Washington University and a member of Financial History ’ s editorial board . Dr . Dan Cooper is the president of Active Learning Technologies .
Notes
1 . Arthur Brisbane , columnist for the Hearst papers , wrote a competing daily column entitled Today . Rogers may have had Brisbane ’ s column entitled “ Why Are All Men Gamblers ?” in mind when he wrote this Daily Telegram .
2 . Rogers would have objected to being called a pioneer . When Oklahoma became a state , his father was forced to give up hundreds of acres of land to incoming settlers . As a member of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory , Clem Rogers controlled and managed land but didn ’ t own it . Thus , Will Rogers ’ s view of pioneers was less than idyllic . In 1935 he wrote , “ We ’ re always talking about Pioneers and what great folks they were . Well . If we stopped and looked history in the face , the Pioneer
wasn ’ t a thing in the world but a guy who wanted something for nothing . He was a guy that wanted to live off everything that nature had done . He could cut a tree down that didn ’ t cost him anything , but he never planted one and he plowed up land that should have been left to grass .” However , as a Native American , Rogers clearly embodied the “ spirit of the frontier .”
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