I learned a little of history last week.. it explains why we call stuffed bears TEDDY BEARS.  Here is an extract from http://www.associatedcontent.com.  In November of 1902, Roosevelt was in Mississippi attempting to help settle a border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana. It wasn’t all business though. During his stay, his hosts invited him to go bear hunting. Roosevelt was known for his love of big game and accepted the invitation. The hunting was not very successful and Roosevelt’s hosts only wanted to please him. They captured a helpless bear cub and tied it to a tree. They invited Roosevelt to shoot the cub in hopes that the kill would please him. They were quite shocked when the president refused to shoot the helpless animal. This one extreme act of humane behavior inspired a cartoonist by the name of Clifford Berryman to draw a cartoon titled Drawing the Line in Mississippi. (which looks amazing!)

Berryman’s cartoon depicted President Roosevelt drawing the line in Mississippi not only for helping with a border dispute, but for drawing the line by refusing to shoot a helpless animal. It showed Roosevelt with his gun in his hand turning his back to the poor tied up bear cub. This cartoon appeared in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902 and this caught the attention of many people in the public. One man in particular, Morris Michtom, found it to be an inspiring piece. With the help of his wife, Michtom decided to create a new toy. He created a little stuffed bear cub.   VOILÀ!!!

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