Some zeitgeist from Independence Days past

The following is a hodgepodge of images and text, taken from The Library of Congress’ American Memory site and the New York Public Library’s Digital Collection, which represent, without much comment on my part, some isolated moments and issues and attitudes from Independence Days past. They span the years between 1844 and 1970 and offer what I hope will be a bit of a gentle counterpoint to our drunken, parade-following, explosion-watching fun today.

07.04. filed under: history.


Wonderful finds! And why Massa George always got to be pulling down the flag, anyway?

posted on 07.06 at 10:52 AM.


Happy Independence Day!

posted on 07.06 at 12:10 PMMarisa


Oof!  That 1924 broadside should be on display as an artifact of the lost American dream.

posted on 07.11 at 02:42 AMJack Rusher


What Jack said! Plus the 1970 one. But what we got is closer to the 1904 one.

posted on 07.11 at 10:01 PM.

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