Great American Documents – Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones and Orson Welles (Columbia-USA 1776)

My abiding memory of American’s Bicentennial is of the patriotically-themed house number stencils, e.g. the Liberty Bell, with which, for a fee, a local painter/entrepreneur decorated Mount Vernon, Ohio’s front steps and curbs.  You can probably still see a few.

On this related still-in-plastic thrift store album, stentorian American Greats of the silver screen give voice to defining written artefacts of the American Experiment in a joyful, triumphant (or jingoistic, depending on your point of view) celebration of the 200th anniversary of the USA’s founding. Close mic’d radio show-style with little echo and no accompaniment, this ostensibly didactic tool is actually provocative and entertaining.

Would that my country had more consistently, especially lately, lived up to these inspirational and lofty, yet wholly reasonable, ideals.  But that’s for another kind of blog.

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  1. […] got this at the same time as the Great American Documents Lp. “Sweet land of Liberty, of thee I sing…” Like this:LikeBe the first to like […]


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