By Diliff (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

By Diliff (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

From the beginning of Culture of Protest 33 years ago, I’ve used July 4 as an occasion to demonstrate the fact that the most important sources of American patriotic culture include work made by leftwing artists. The Pledge of Allegiance was written and promoted by a Christian Socialist; the inscription on the Statue of Liberty was written by a radical Jewish poet. The second show I did, on July 1, 1982 was a conversation with Earl Robinson, a blacklisted composer who wrote some of the most popular patriotic music of  the World War II era.

This week, we’ll hear a bit of that interview and listen to Earl’s Ballad of Americans  and the House I Live In. You’ll hear why America the Beautiful could stand as the anthem of the movement for marriage equality. And we’ll feature some new songs about flags…

Some years ago, by the way, Peter Dreier and I wrote a piece on this theme that’s packed with stories that might well amaze you. It’s been circulating on line for years—here’s a link: http://www.thenation.com/article/patriotisms-secret-history

celebrating progressive patriotism july 4th

culture of protest thurs 7/2/15 6 pm pdt kcsb 91.9fm