Grand & Glorious: Christopher Columbus

Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs is a famous cartoonist who lived from 1875 to 1930. Poems by Wilbur Nesbitt.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    The past is another country.Report

    • Avatar Kolohe says:

      The inflection point on this was very sudden in my recollection. Even as late as the early 80s, Columbus Day was kind of a big deal, and a uniformly positive holiday, but by the 500th anniversary, the mood had already shifted in large part to ‘commemorating not celebrating’. And especially when you read accounts of how grandiose the 400th anniversary events were around the country.Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain says:

        Lots of variation by geography, too. For most of my youth, Columbus Day was a nothing where I lived: small or nonexistent population of Italian descent, only one place where it was a state holiday. Then after graduate school I moved to New Jersey in 1978 and suddenly Columbus Day was a big deal.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        Yeah, when I was a kid, I experienced similar. It was a positive holiday when I was in grade school in the early 80’s (but an extremely minor one). Like Michael Cain, I moved to the East Coast and Columbus Day became a day celebrating Italianity.

        Then I moved out to Colorado and it’s Just Another Bank Holiday (my company doesn’t recognize it, choosing instead to celebrate MLK Jr. Day).Report

  2. Avatar Kolohe says:

    The original Trump in many ways. A man with a sales pitch that is complete malarkey, where it is uncertain how much he was high on his own supply, who nonetheless somehow lucks into unbelievable success instead of utter destruction.Report