In any year, Fourth of July celebrations are political

Not all politics are partisan — celebrating a nation’s independence is political no matter how you spin it.

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All partisanship is political, but not all politics are partisan

The bigger picture: Social and cultural realities of the American Revolution

International politics are important, too

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‘The tea-tax-tempest, or the Anglo-American revolution’ — 1778, Carl Guttenberg, print depicting a satirical, continental European view of the Revolutionary War, “showing Father Time using a magic lantern to project the image of a teapot exploding among frightened British troops as American troops advance through the smoke. Figures representing world opinion look on: an Indian for America, a black woman representing Africa, a woman holding a lantern symbolizing Asia, and a woman bearing a shield for Europe.” | Source

Black Americans in the revolutionary struggle

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“The bloody massacre perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th Regt.” — Paul Revere, 1770 | Source
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From a 1786 letter: “What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is Man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment and death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment be deaf to all those motives whose power supported him thro’ his trial, and inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose.” | Source

The post-revolutionary colonization of the United States

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Ryan received xyr AA in ASL (2019) & is studying Science Journalism for xyr BA (Evergreen State, 2021). Xe is an Autistic, queer, non-binary crip.

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