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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

One Nation Indivisible: 1941

One Nation Indivisible: 1941

July 1941. "Citizens of Vale, Oregon take off their hats during the Pledge of Allegiance (radio program) on the Fourth of July." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

The Finger

I wondered if I would be the only one who noticed the guy giving the photographer the finger.

We started including "under God" when I was in the third grade. Confused us a little. I don't think any of us really fully knew that we were indeed pledging our allegiance to the U.S.A. It was rote to recite daily, before classes.

Amen

We won WWI...
We won WWII...
I went to high school... (my father did not)
I fought in WWII...
I purchased a home... (my father did not)
I put my kids thru college (I did not)

All with out those two words...

But I remember when in history class "E pluribus unum" was referred to as "our motto" and we sang "My country,' tis of thee, sweet land of liberty...

I am an old codger near 92 but I feel we lost something, where is Thomas Jefferson when we need him?

Hear hear. I memorized it

Hear hear. I memorized it before those other two words were added. And I still like it much better that way.

From the looks of that

From the looks of that finger, particularly the knuckles, he may very well have had trouble bending it, I know mine looks a bit like that and it's quite painful to bend. It's also swollen compared to the rest so he may have been recovering from an accident or infection.

Life before the red menace!

One Nation Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice For All.

America before McCarthyism.

Man With Hat

The Finger!

Interesting pose

Interesting pose for holding one's hat. I'm sure there was no malicious intent meant.

 
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