Katharine Lee Bates was born on August 12, 1859.
Little do they know about its author and her intentions when writing: everything which the Bushes, Cheneys, Rumsfelds, and Pat Robertsons of today hate.
By Tim Yeager:
It is a little-known fact that America’s best loved song was written by a woman who was a feminist, a lesbian, a Christian socialist, and an ardent anti-imperialist.
Katherine Lee Bates was a pioneer, and a progressive advocate of social justice.
And she was a patriot in the best sense of the word.
She loved the land and the people of her birth, but she was critical of its weaknesses, and fought to make it a better, more just place.
America the Beautiful is a song that demands its listeners to open their eyes and ears to the injustices and corruption of capitalism.
It is a song of both love and criticism.
And it makes a distinction between the country we live in, and the wealthy and corrupt elite that rules it.
See also here.
The history of the reception of America the Beautiful somewhat reminds me of Hitler’s nazi party.
For the nazi party song, the Horst Wessel song, there apparently was no nazi clever enough to write the tune, which they then nicked from a Social Democrat song.
Authors on the nazis like Ernst Bloch had an expression for this stealing behaviour, also in other cases: Entwendungen aus der Kommune; taking from the Communist [enemies].
The pledge of allegiance, despised by many young radicals, was once the creation of an early Christian socialist. It refered to the republic as an almost unique concept, a revolutionary form of government. But the ascendency of the capitalist class quelled this revolutionary history, turning the pledge into an element of American nationalism: here.
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