The Bonnie Flag With Stripes and Stars

1863, JL Geddes, bloodthirsty schoolteacher able to simultaneously rail against slavery and support genocidal manifest destiny against Native Americans.

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We’re fighting for our Union,
We’re fighting for our trust,
We’re fighting for that happy land
Where sleeps our father dust.
It cannot be dissevered,
Though it cost us bloody wars,
We never can give up the land
Where floats the stripes and stars.

Chorus:
Hurrah, Hurrah,
For equal rights hurrah,
Hurrah for the good old flag
That bears the stripes and stars.

We trusted you as brothers,
Until you drew the sword,
With impious hands at Sumter
You cut the silver cord.
So now you hear the bugles,
We come the sons of Mars,
To rally round the brave old flag
That bears the stripes and stars.

Chorus

We do not want your cotton,
We do not want your slaves,
But rather than divide the land,
We’ll fill your Southern graves.
With Lincoln for our chieftain,
We wear our country’s stars,
And rally round the brave old flag
That bears the stripes and stars.

Chorus

We deem our cause most holy,
We know we’re in the right,
And twenty million freemen
Stand ready for the fight.
Our pride is fair Columbia,
No stain her beauty mars,
On her we’ll raise the brave old flag
That bears the stripes and stars.

Chorus

And when this war is over,
We’ll each resume our home,
And treat you still as brothers,
Where ever you may roam.
We’ll pledge the hand of friendship,
And think no more of war,
But dwell in peace beneath the flag
That bears the stripes and stars.

chorus

He mentions Columbia, the telegraph-loving female embodiment of America, weird old America where kidnapping women was a misdemeanor.

American Progress

English: This painting shows “Manifest Destiny” (the belief that the United States should expand from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. In 1872 artist John Gast painted a popular scene of people moving west that captured the view of Americans at the time. Called “Spirit of the Frontier” and widely distributed as an engraving portrayed settlers moving west, guided and protected by Columbia (who represents America and is dressed in a Roman toga to represent classical republicanism) and aided by technology (railways, telegraph), driving Native Americans and bison into obscurity. The technology shown in the picture is used to represent the outburst of innovation and invention of modern technology. It is also important to note that Columbia is bringing the “light” as witnessed on the eastern side of the painting as she travels towards the “darkened” west.

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