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Childe Hassam

When America officially entered World War I, the nation largely regarded it as cause for support and celebration. Along New York’s Fifth Avenue, flags of the allied nations were hung in a welcoming gesture, creating a patriotic pattern of red, white, and blue. Childe Hassam prominently placed the American flag, affirming his belief that America was now engaged in a morally imperative “fight for democracy,” as he put it, throughout the world.

Picturing America has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Because democracy demands wisdom.
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