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Black Americans Celebrate Independence Day In 1930’s South Carolina

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The picture above is of a Fourth of July celebration from the late 1930’s held near Beaufort, South Carolina.

I wonder what Black Americans felt what was worth observing about Independence Day in depression-era South Carolina.

National ideals and creeds that might one day be reached?

A sense of community that could not be broken even by the conditions of such a time and place?  

Whatever the reasons, the gathering seems to me an expression of some sort of confidence. 

My inner-conservative will show, but look how people are dressed in the picture in contrast to what we often see today. The women here are in dresses. The men are wearing hats.

People today—I mean people of all colors—need to get with the program and have some respect for themselves. I saw a young woman a few days ago walking around in a t-shirt extolling the virtues of farting.

What is the story with people?

The photo is from the American Memory collection of the Library of Congress.

The picture was taken by Marion Post Wolcott. The profile of Ms. Wolcott is interesting. She took her pictures as part of a New Deal project.

July 2, 2008 - Posted by | History | , , ,


  1. now here is something i can agree with.. the way people dress these days is just… weird. but i do have to disagree on one thing, i don’t think it’s a matter or being conservative or liberal. i just think that some of the stuff people wear is just plain stupid, regardless if your a democrat or republican.

    Comment by 4hournotice | July 2, 2008

  2. It is a universal matter in our society.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 3, 2008

  3. The ironic thing is that my parents’ parents where saying the same thing about forty years ago…
    I think that lack of respect for one’s self or idiocy is just as prevalent now as it has ever been. Individuals have always been smart, and people have always been dumb.

    Comment by Liberaltexan | July 3, 2008

  4. LiberalTexan—I bet you’re right that this lament has always been the case. Yet how can one ignore the bad conduct shoved in your face day in and day out?

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 3, 2008

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