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Living the Revolution: America, 1789-1820
Topic: Predicaments of Early Republican LifeTopic: ReligionTopic: PoliticsTopic: ExpansionTopic: Equality
Topic: Politics
Overview of Living the Revolution
Resource Menu: Politics
Text 1. Government and Liberty
Text 2. Agriculture and Manufacturing
Text 3. George Washington
Text 4. State and Federal Power
Text 5. Thomas Jefferson
Text 6. National Identity
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Text 7. The Politics of Foreign Affairs
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6.  Forging a National Identity: Six Patriotic Pieces
- 1789  "Ode to the President of the United States"
- 1796  "Liberty. In the form of the Goddess of Youth" (print)
- 1798  "Hail Columbia" (song)
- 1800  "Sacred to the Memory of Washington" (engraving)
- 1812  "The First Great Western Empire" (print)
- 1819  "Song for the Anniversary of American Independence"

   George Washington
Ode and Songs: PDF file*

"Liberty" (click image to enlarge):

"Sacred to the Memory of Washington":

"First Great Western Empire" (click image to enlarge):


Ode and Songs: National Humanities Center

Prints: Library of Congress

Engraving: Indiana History Digital Image Library


If you choose to print these pieces:
-   Print directly from the sites.
-   Length: 7 pages.


Digital images of
   "Ode to the President," from the Library of Congress
   "Hail Columbia," from the University of Virginia Library
   "Song for the Anniversary . . . ," from the Library of Congress

Washington images in the early republic:
   "The Apotheosis of Washington": The dome of the U.S. Capitol
   "The Apotheosis of Washington", engraving, 1800

The melody and sheet music of "Hail Columbia," from Prof. Jeffrey Pasley, Dept. of History, University of Missouri

"Patriotic Odes in the Early Republic," from the University of Virginia Library

Other patriotic pieces (among many) in the Library of Congress online exhibition An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera
   "Song for the Fourth of July," 1803
   "Lamentation for Gen. Washington," 1799

Patriotic poems by Philip Freneau (1752-1832, known as the "poet of the American Revolution")
   On the War of 1812 (five poems), from James Madison
   "On the Emigration to America and Peopling the Western
   Country" (1785), and "On the Death of Dr. Benjamin Franklin"
   (1788), from the New Bulgarian University, Sofia

Intro to the HarpWeek online exhibition "Politics and Printmaking in the United States, 1766-1876"

Modern imagery in response to the 9-11 terrorist attacks: "Design Responds to Disaster," from the American Institute of Graphic Arts
(Note: useful in discussing the role of national icons during times of national crisis; some controversial images)

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