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Americanism is not / Americanism is

America may not always be excellent to everybody, but the American ideal is not that we are always perfect. The American ideal is that we strive toward perfect.

It means we acknowledge our mistakes and our shortcomings, and we try not to submit to them.

Another politician once recounted advice given to him by his grandmother: "hope for the best, and work for it." We believe this sentiment is relevant to this print. President Franklin Roosevelt, who had two years prior called for the internment of an entire race of people if they resided on the American coast of the Pacific, declared that Americanism has nothing to do with race or ancestry. It took almost two more years for the President to suspend the internment of Japanese-Americans, and America did not then, nor has it yet, become a nation free of racism, tribalism, or jingoism, but to quote one last American politician, "All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days... nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin."

We strive to make Americanism a word that is devoid entirely of the color of one's skin or the place of one's birth. Instead, we want it to be based on the content of one's character and their willingness to strive to the same pluralist ideal: America -- one nation, for us all.

>> The Particulars <<
Letterpress poster, 18"x12"
Handset wood and metal type plus hand cut linoleum blocks, two-color
Printed in Massachusetts on a Vandercook SP15.
USA made 110lb. paper, white

Please note: Prints are handmade, variations from print to print apply. Frame not included.


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