“A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing” for “the tree of liberty”…

In 1786, the new democratic government of the United States of America wasn’t quite working out like some Revolutionary War veterans had expected. Many had not been paid for their military service in local state militias or the Continental Army as promised. And, when they went back to their family farms, they found they were … Read more

How a political backlash turned “a grand old rag” into “a Grand Old Flag”…

On January 19, 1906, American composer, playwright and performer George M. Cohan copyrighted a new song he’d written titled “You’re a Grand Old Rag.” It was one of the songs Cohan created for his upcoming Broadway musical George Washington, Jr. The chorus of the song went like this:       “You’re a grand old rag,        … Read more

The origin of the slogan “Sisterhood is Powerful.”

In 1970, feminist leader and author Robin Morgan edited an anthology of articles about the growing woman’s liberation movement titled Sisterhood Is Powerful. The book quickly became a bestseller and the title became a famous phrase and slogan. But it wasn’t created by Morgan. According to many sources, “Sisterhood is Powerful” was coined in 1968 … Read more

“I have nothing to declare except my genius” – the famous Oscar Wilde quip that he probably didn’t say…

On January 3, 1882, the Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde disembarked from the ship that brought him from England to New York. It was the beginning of what would be a high-profile, 11-month-long speaking tour of America and Canada. As noted by the definitive website about that tour, Oscar Wilde in America, the ship … Read more