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Monday, July 2, 2001

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Liberty and history

It is so hot today. This afternoon while waiting for the bus the heat seemed to go right into my bones. I had to wait again for the bus after stopping by the supermarket and I felt baked by the time I got home. I can't imagine how people lived in this place before airconditioning.

I'm watching a documentary about the Statue of Liberty that is very interesting. It seems that it was a symbol of the freed slaves. The goddess of liberty was a symbol of the abolition movement and at her feet are broken chains. You can't see the chains except from the air. Evidently Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the man who designed the Statue of Liberty was a well known abolitionist in France. There is even a theory that the model for the statue was an african american woman.

I love to hear new views on history. We have such childlike ideas of most historical events because we learned them in school. We have, hopefully, put to rest the one about Washington chopping down the cherry tree and all that, but there are so many other ideas that are more myth than history. I get upset with people who get upset with learning the truth. They act like it's unamerican to believe anything but the hallowed history we learned in poorly researched, if researched at all, textbooks written by incompetent people who usually just copied from another book.

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Rachel Aschmann 2001.
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