A film made in 1953 that explains how the United States came
to be a culturally diverse nation going back to the founding.
The film is not without problems: there is no mention of the
horrors of slavery or the slaughter of indigenous people.
The film was made for children in elementary school who
watched it in an auditorium and returned to their classes
These discussions often included the
American Civil War and
America’s struggle to expand the scope and inclusiveness of
This is another film designed to prevent the rise of fascism, which
relies heavily on successfully demonizing immigrants and people
Published 1953 Usage Public DomainFound at the Internet Archives
This film short is an example of why we call the generation that came
of age in the 1930’s and 1940’s the Greatest Generation.
They were horrified by fascism so they used education to prevent
it from happening in the United States.
Were they a perfect generation without prejudices?
But they never questioned the need for a fully funded system of
Did they make a perfect democracy?
But they paid their taxes and they used those taxes to
create the largest Middle Class in human history.
They tried to be the best people they could be and the standard
for the best was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
They were as vulnerable to corruption as all people are but because
they set high standards for themselves as a people and for the people
they elected to their government; for this reason the United States
was one of the most trusted and respected Nations in the World.
Watch the people of West Berlin cheer
John Kennedy on June 26, 1963:
“All — All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin.
And, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words –Ich bin ein
John Kennedy, June 26, 1963
A scan of Norman Rockwell’s Freedom of Speech
Video and Rockwell poster found on the
Language is a virus from outer space – William S. Burroughs
The word is now a virus. The flu virus may have once been a healthy lung cell. It is now a parasitic organism that invades and damages the central nervous system. Modern man has lost the option of silence. Try halting sub-vocal speech. Try to achieve even ten seconds of inner silence. You will encounter a resisting organism that forces you to talk. That organism is the word.
The Ticket That Exploded (1962) William s. Burroughs
Well I dreamed there was an island
That rose up from the sea.
And everybody on the island
Was somebody from TV.
And there was a beautiful view
But nobody could see.
Cause everybody on the island
Was saying: Look at me! Look at me!
Look at me! Look at me!
Laurie Anderson – Language Is A Virus