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Independence Day Alternatives To Accommodation And Assimilation

This Independence Day week, Texas Liberal will run a series of posts I’m calling “Four For The Fourth—Alternatives To Accommodation And Assimilation.”

I’m going to discuss four Americans who chose paths other than “going along to get along.”    

As the week progresses, the historical figure I write about will be a person who followed a more radical course than the individual featured the previous day.          

Tomorrow, I’ll start by writing about Franklin Roosevelt’s Labor Secretary Frances Perkins. Perkins imagined a government with an expanded conception of the value of every human being.

Wednesday, I’ll feature former Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater. Goldwater stuck to his principles over time, even after defeat, and saw the political system remade somewhat in his image.

Thursday’s post will consider Revolutionary hero Thomas Paine. Paine wanted a complete change in how Americans were governed.

Finally, on Friday I’ll write about Tecumseh. Tecumseh thought he was better off dead than living under the control of whites.

A message of this series is “There are always other options.”   

Thanks for reading Texas Liberal. 

July 2, 2007 - Posted by | Four For The Fourth, Political History

1 Comment »

  1. the action is on hamilton ave on the fourth here. the parade of local freaks and politicians and a day where people feel pride in the neighborhood. this is not like the parade on the west side and blue ash. they are not all white and they are all not left or right. there are some that dont fit and some that dont care and some have agendas and its a good reflection of the city and how people live. its one of the only days I can say i really like living in northside. there are not too many of those days here.

    Comment by bill brady | July 2, 2007

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