Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Fourth of July and the American concept of freedomThe Fourth of July holiday is over (sigh). But I didn't see this piece by sociologist Claude Fischer until today: Fighting for the 4th of July Berkeley Blog 07/2/10. He gives a brief sketch of the political history of Fourth of July celebrations. He writes in part:
Commemorations of the Fourth of July in the early 19th century were caught up in a political tug-of-war between the Jeffersonian Republicans who revered the Declaration of Independence and the Federalists who were less enthusiastic. (The Federalists preferred to ignore or downplay those French-like passages about universal rights, equality, and the virtue of revolutions.) As the founding generation was dying off – both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826 – civic leaders became more eager to preserve the history of the Revolution and to promote the nation’s birthday. The Jeffersonians won.Tags: declaration of independence
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No subject for immortal verse
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
-- Cecil Day-Lewis from Where Are The War Poets?
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