The Real Story on Uncle Sam: A Series from the Archives

Uncle Sam, in his earliest and best incarnation, as a unifying symbol of a unique and diverse nation.

Uncle Sam, in his earliest and best incarnation, as a unifying symbol of a unique and diverse nation.

Those who’ve subscribed to this website since its 2011 inception may recall that the national personification of the United States, “Uncle Sam,” has also been a mascot here. Over the years, there’s been the website has published a five-part article series telling how this character evolved, first as a dynamic to England’s John Bull, a morph of North and South, a counterpoint to his feminine rival “Miss Columbia,” then a patriotic symbol during the two world wars, made iconic by an American illustrator and finally used as a symbol of global tyranny and everything else. Here it is, the links to all five stories gathered in one place. Read it on the beach or stuck on a plane or after the fireworks before it becomes an ebook.

Uncle Sam: Not the Man They Say He is (Part 1)

Uncle Sam: Born From Brothers, He Gets His Beard On (Part 2)

Uncle Sam’s Girlfriend Columbia: A Hot Star He Dumped (Part 3)

Uncle Sam: Flagg-Branded Through Two World Wars (Part 4)

Uncle Sam: Reviled, Rebuked & Revived into a New Century (Part 5)


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  1. Another wonderful learning experience… thanks so much and happy 4th of July! Hip hip!

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