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Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Posted by Neugier

July 1942: United We Stand

"In July, 1942, seven months after the Untied States entered World War II, magazines nationwide displayed the American flag on their covers." The Smithsonian has posted this exhibition to mark the now sixty-fifth anniversary of the United We Stand campaign. The visitor will be able to browse through early 1940's magazine covers and the commentary about them. As the introduction explains, "Today, in light of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the flag and the slogan United We Stand have a renewed meaning for many Americans. As the home of the Star-Spangled Banner, the National Museum of American History is a place to explore the history of our national symbol and the ideals for which it stands," as well as be your cyber-destination to celebrate this Independence Day. July 1942 elegantly explains and illustrates the early campaign championed by the American press. Here's an opportunity to step back in time to see how history repeats itself and in the process discover the historical import behind the slogan. If you're not interested in browsing the presentation, there is also a search page for the 300+ magazine covers in the collection. Happy 231st Birthday, America!