Tag Archives: July 4th

Missing spark

We spent the day yesterday in the most traditional celebration of July 4th that I have ever experienced in my whole life. We watched the Evanston parade in front of my son’s coffee and gelato shop on Central Street. The parade … Continue reading

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Wrapped in the flag

New York, 1917. This is a photograph of the American soprano (sometimes referred to as a mezzo-soprano) Marcia Van Dresser (1877-1937), who participated in a variety of patriotic programs at the Metropolitan Opera, including the sales of War Bonds in support of … Continue reading

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July 4th fireworks…

…in our garden and all day long.

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“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”–Frederick Douglass

Almost a decade before the Civil War, Frederick Douglass was asked to speak at Rochester, New York’s Fourth of July celebration (held on the fifth) in 1852. What the citizens, the white citizens, of Rochester heard was not what they … Continue reading

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