Spirit of ’76

My mind wandered down memory lane again this afternoon as I paged through my Grandma’s scrapbooks looking for a great image for the 4th of July.

Many of you know that I really like the editorial cartoons of Frank Andrea Miller. There are so many of his cartoons scattered through the scrapbooks and several of them are about the beginnings of our country. Frank Andrea Miller was an editorial cartoonist for the Des Moines Register from 1953 until his death in 1983. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1963 for a cartoon about nuclear warfare.

Frank Andrea Miller - Spirit of '76 - Editorial Cartoon - 4th of July - Des Moines Register - Freedom

This cartoon was published in the Des Moines Register in 1961, and reminds us that the fight for our freedom is a continual struggle.

I really like the images that surround the text in this cartoon. They illustrate some of the freedoms that we have today. At the top is a reminder of how our initial freedom from Great Britain was gained.

The words in the cartoon are also very valid for us today, and I will repeat them here so that they are easier to read.

Our freedoms were not handed to us to be enjoyed as gifts from our forefathers. They were fought for and established in 1776 and have been fought for and secured by each generation since.

Our generation is no exception and must be willing to fight and sacrifice as its part in a continuing struggle that began in 1776.

This editorial cartoon by Frank Andrea Miller also reminds me of another one from a few years earlier: Spirit, Courage and Thoughtful Action

Over the next couple of months I also plan on sharing some of Frank Andrea Miller’s editorial cartoons about the Civil War. My Grandmother’s scrapbooks have many articles about the centennial of the Civil War, including some written and illustrated by him.  I did share one of his Civil War cartoons in a previous post: 152 Years Ago

Frank Andrea Miller also penned editorial cartoons about our greatest presidents:

Washington’s Birthday

President’s, Presidents’ or Presidents

President Lincoln

Now it is time to get ready to watch some fireworks.


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7 Responses to Spirit of ’76

  1. Lilee says:

    I really like that.

  2. Glenda McDougal says:

    Very interesting and I love the pictures.

  3. vanbraman says:

    Thanks for the comments. My grandma really knew what to save in her scrapbooks. I need to simply write a post about the scrapbooks someday instead of just posting things from them :-).

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