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Old Glory

21st February 2010

shani_davis Friday, February 12 not only marked what would have been Abraham Lincoln’s 201st birthday but also the start of the Winter 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. The United States has had a strong week, leading the medal count as of Sunday night. Wednesday was a particularly stellar showing for the US, with gold medals for Shani Davis in the men’s speedskating 1000 meters, Lindsey Vonn in women’s downhill alpine skiing, and Shaun White in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe. The weekend saw more victories for the United States, with golds for figure skater Evan Lysacek and skier Bode Miller, among others. 

In the midst of the economic recession, bitter debates over healthcare reform, and soaring unemployment rates, it’s a refreshing reminder of American patriotism and pride. 

 As we celebrate the week sandwiched between Lincoln’s birthday and Washington’s birthday, we should remember all the things that make our country what it is. Here are a few upcoming titles that reflect on America and its history: 

Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The Lincoln Assassination: Crime and Punishment, Myth and Memory

Civil Rights in New York City: From World War II to the Guiliani Era

The Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction as America’s Continuing Civil War

Freedwomen and the Freedmen’s Bureau: Race, Gender, and Public Policy in the Age of Emancipation

Union Combined Operations in the Civil War

Between the Bylines: A Father’s Legacy

Italian Folk: Vernacular Culture in Italian-American Lives