To be in Washington, DC on July 4th–and to be surrounded by the monuments and documents of American government–is to be at the center of the nation’s commemoration of the 1776 Declaration of Independence. Today we celebrate with parades and picnics, but 235 years ago the colonists were serious–and not particularly festive–as they presented their grievances against the tyranny of the King of England.
3rd U.S. Infantry “The Old Guard” Fife and Drum at the National Archives, July 4, 2011
I heard the first fireworks in my neighborhood two nights ago and have been eating barbecue and hot dogs all weekend. I love a parade and I admit I am sentimental for the kind of patriotism that celebrates World War II veterans like my dad and embraces recent immigrants who still believe in the American dream.
But to be black and a woman complicates the day. (more…)
This 1996 video from C-Span Book TV’s archives brought back great memories. At the time, I was deputy bureau chief of ABC News’s Washington Bureau. Skip and Cornel had stopped by the building to meet with Ted Koppel, then anchor of Nightline.