Americana..

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In this humble, albeit “fervently conservative” blogger’s opinion, nothing in this great nation represents Americana more than the Statue of Liberty.

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..and the LibertyBell.

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Americana refers to artifacts, or a collection of artifacts, related to the history, geography, folklore, and cultural heritage of the United States.

First Question: What’s more American than the American cowboy?

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Second Question: If you answered John Wayne?

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Although John Wayne was a great American in many venues, (off the silver screen) John Wayne wasn’t actually a cowboy…

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(Charles Marion Russell). 

Charles Marion Russell (March 19, 1864 – October 24, 1926), also known as C. M. Russell, Charlie Russell, and “Kid” Russell, was an artist of the Old American West.

(Sidebar). One of my personal favorites…

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(In without knocking).

Russell created more than 2,000 paintings of cowboys, Indians, and landscapes set in the Western United States and in Alberta, Canada, in addition to bronze sculptures. Known as ‘the cowboy artist’, Russell was also a storyteller and author.

The C.M. Russell Museum Complex located in Great Falls, Montana houses more than 2,000 Russell artworks, personal objects, and artifacts.

Trivia Question: What did John Wayne and Charlie Russell have in common?

Answer: “They shared the name Marion.” 

John Wayne, of Hollywood fame was born Marion Robert Morrison, May 26, 1907…

Continuing…

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Many kinds of material fall within the definition of Americana: paintings, prints and drawings; license plates or entire vehicles, household objects, tools and weapons; flags, plaques and statues, and so on.

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Patriotism and nostalgia play a defining role in the subject. The things involved need not be old, but need to have the appropriate associations. The term may be used to describe the theme of a museum or collection, or of goods for sale.

The term can be used to describe studies of American culture – especially studies based in other countries.

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Americana music is contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B, blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound.

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Americana geography…

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 (The Grand Canyon). 

One of the “magnificent” eight wonders of the world, located in the state of Arizona.

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Yellowstone National Park, located primarily in the state of Wyoming, although it extends into Montana and Idaho.

Yellowstone was established by the US Congress and signed into law by Pres. Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone holds the distinction of being the first national park in the world.

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Yellowstone National Park is known worldwide, ..both for it’s renowned (on time) geyser, “Old Faithful,” and a magnificent variety of native American wildlife.

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The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States.

Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres (5.17 km2) and is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level.

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Americana History…

Of course, with reality being a part of any mix, to cover all of American history this afternoon, I would need to be at least 1000 people, and a hell of a lot younger than I am.

Accordingly, I shall cover the segments of American history that have always intrigued (me), ..and/or, “Yours truly,” ..the most, ..throughout “my life.”

To plagiarize a movie title…

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 (The Wright Flyer).

First controlled powered flight of an airplane, December 17, 1903. Orville Wright piloting while Wilbur Wright maintained a vigilant watch.

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(Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis).

The Spirit of St. Louis (Registration: N-X-211) is the custom-built, single engine, single-seat monoplane that was flown solo by Charles Lindbergh on May 20–21, 1927, on the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris for which Lindbergh won the $25,000 Orteig Prize.

Lindbergh took off in the Spirit from Roosevelt Airfield, Garden City (Long Island), New York and landed 33 hours, 30 minutes later at Aéroport Le Bourget in Paris, France, a distance of approximately 3,600 miles (5,800 km).

One of the best known aircraft in the world, the Spirit was built by Ryan Airlines in San   Diego, California, which at the time was owned and operated by Benjamin Franklin Mahoney who had purchased it from its founder, T. Claude Ryan, in 1926.

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Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager; born February 13, 1923) is a retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force and noted test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot to travel faster than sound.

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The “Golden Spike” (also known as “The Last Spike”) is the ceremonial final spike driven by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory.

The term “Last Spike” has been used to refer to one driven at the usually ceremonial completion of any new railroad construction projects, particularly those in which construction is undertaken from two disparate origins towards a meeting point. The “Last Spike” now lies in the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. 

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 (Henry Ford).

Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Ford did not invent the automobile, but he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford to buy.

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His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with “Fordism”: mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers.

Ford had a global vision, with consumerism as the key to peace. His intense commitment to systematically lowering costs resulted in many technical and business innovations, including a franchise system that put dealerships throughout most of North America and in major cities on six continents.

Ford left most of his vast wealth to the Ford Foundation and arranged for his family to control the company permanently.

Ford was also widely known for his pacifism during the first years of World War I, and also for being the publisher of antisemitic texts such as the book The International Jew. 

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Cowboys and motorcycles…

According to Webster: “kin·dred,” Having a similar or related origin, nature, or character.

According to Webster: “spir·it,” The part of a human being associated with the mind, will, and feelings.

Editorial: It would seem that my intentions for today’s blog vastly extended beyond my reality. With Cowboys and motorcycle enthusiasts ..and/or, ..adventurous individual, i.e., “road warriors,” i.e., “Bikers” both having influenced my 71 years in this nation to a great extent, I had intended to cover both in much more detail…

..with the adjective (adventurous) being the operative word.

Americans (are, and have always been) adventurous souls, beginning with titled by; Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, “Admiral of the Ocean Sea,” Christopher Columbus who set sail from Madrid, Spain in 1492 to begin the adventure that has resulted in (our) today’s America.

There were indeed others such as (our) Asian brothers and sisters who migrated across the treacherous Bering Strait to North America an estimated 12,000 and 42,000 years ago.

There were also Vikings (c. the year 1000) who established a settlement (unceremoniously) at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland.

Nevertheless, America as it was founded, did not arise from the Asian migration or a Viking settlement.

America was built by no single race or culture, America was built by ambitious folks with a respect for God and a desire to be free of tyranny.

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Americans have an absolutely grand heritage to be proud of …

To be continued…

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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