American Symbols: From the Liberty Bell to Lady Liberty

College of the Holy Cross

Edward O’Donnell is a professor of history at College of the Holy Cross. He is the author of several books, including Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age. He frequently contributes op-eds to publications like Newsweek and The Huffington Post, and has been featured on PBS, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and C-SPAN. O’Donnell also has curated several major museum exhibits on American history and appeared in several historical documentaries. He currently hosts a history podcast, “In the Past Lane.”

 

 

Overview

Symbols Of American Culture

Throughout the history of the United States, Americans have developed symbols to express their most cherished values, hopes and institutions.  These include familiar ones like the American flag, Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, Uncle Sam, the White House, and the bald eagle. They also include symbols that challenge the establishment to promote social change. Consider the peace sign or the clenched fist of the Black Power movement.  And what about all of those now forgotten symbols that once carried so much significance—like the pineapple (hospitality), beehive (hard work), and the ballot box (democracy)?  In this presentation, Professor O’Donnell will explore the role of symbols in American history and discuss these key questions: Where do these symbols come from?  How have they functioned in society? How and why does their meaning change over time?

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EDWARD WALSH

American symbols

Professor O’Donnell is really insightful. I watched him RE the pandemic and resilience. How can one man know so much?
He represents the College of the Holy Cross so well that the college, friends, and family must be so proud of him.

6 months ago
EDWARD WALSH

American symbols

Professor O’Donnell is really insightful. I watched him RE the pandemic and resilience. How can one man know so much?
He represents the College of the Holy Cross so well that the students, , friends, and family must be so proud of him.

6 months ago
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