Saturday, July 3, 2010

Quintesentially American

There are some things I think of as quintesentially American, Here are some images of them. Have a wonderful Fourth of July.



Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Poet," Essays, Second Series, 1844



This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in. ~Theodore Roosevelt



Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. -Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address



"We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." - Thomas Jefferson



In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -- everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want -- which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear -- which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor-- anywhere in the world.

FDR, The Four Freedoms, 1941

Photos from We Heart It and Bing Images


Anonymous said...

Oh lovely images!! Happy 4th of July to you too.. Hope you have a lovely long weekend..

Michelle said...

A very Happy 4th of July to you! Love all the photos, amazing-

Pamela Holderman said...

Great photos! Finally posted the award you gave me and passed it along ... have a wonderful 4th!

Unknown said...

Beautiful post, how fitting Patti late friday follow

Christina said...

Hi Erin, i have an award waiting for you, do come and get it. Will update you once i start the knitting biz;)
I am a big fan of Martin Luther King Jr.Who isn't rt??? Happy Independence Day to you

Claudia said...

Wow Erin - one couldn't paint a better picture of America (spoken from me as an outsider) But that's also what the German's would see by thinking of your country - really good!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog!! :) I will definitly be following you too! I love your post for the fourth. Hope you have a great one!

Tausha said...

Thank you so much for stopping by! Your thoughts and photos (which I love) are spot on. Thank you for posting such a fitting post!
Happy Weekend!

Unknown said...

oh my gosh..thanks so much for visiting my blog because now i know about your's...and i absolutely love it! definitely following and adding to my blogroll...

have a great weekend!!

Relyn Lawson said...

You chose perfect quintessential images. Perfect! I was just dropping in to wish you and yours the happiest Independence Day. May your day be full! May you enjoy laughter shared with family, great food shared with friends, fireworks to make you gasp, a lump in your throat at the anthem, and a full and grateful heart at all we have been given. Happy Fourth of July, my friend!

Unknown said...

I just love your blog! Such great imagery. Great post :) Have a great holiday weekend!

Teachinfourth said...

Superman. Now THAT'S all-American!

Menopausal New Mom said...

Hi Erin, thanks so much for the follow, I'm just now getting caught up and following you back.

Lovely images you posted today :)

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