View of three members of the Housewives League of Detroit standing in front of a statue of Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. There are two men in the picture. Printed on back: “Adler & Adler, Photos 4245 Russell, Detroit, Mich.” Handwritten on back: “1. Mr. Boone, 2. Wm E., 3., 4., 5. Nannie Black."
Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library
1619-1968 Timeline of Slavery in the United States of America
1619 Negro slaves shipped on slave ships and sold 1789 Slaves counted as 3/5ths of a person 1830 Law created that made it a crime to teach Negros to read 1831 Nat Turner leads slave revolt 1849 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery. She becomes a major conductor on the Underground Railroad. 1849 Dred Scott decision 1863 Emancipation Proclamation 1868 Negros made full citizens of the United States 1870 Jim Crow laws passed 1875
Congress passes the first Civil Rights Act, guaranteeing Negros equal
rights in transportation, restaurants, theaters & on juries. The
law is struck down in 1883. 1881 Booker T. Washington begins to work at the Tuskegee Institute 1890 Literacy test created to keep Negros from voting 1900 Lynching is a part of life 1919 Black communities attacked in riots 1921 Black wall street burned down 1947 Jackie Robinson plays baseball 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education 1955 Emmett Till murdered 1955 Rosa Parks jail for not giving up her seat 1956 Montgomery bus boycott ends in victory 1957 Integration rejected 1960 Lunch counter sit-in’s start 1963 Malcom X speeches 1963 Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘I have a dream speech’ 1968 Civil Rights Act
Today, of course, is a day of celebration of when the thirteen American colonies declared independence from Great Britain.
A sentiment echoed by Columbia when they seceded from the Union.
This song is perhaps more familiar as “You’re a Grand Old Flag”. The patriotic march can be heard in the BioShock Infinite 2010 Debut Trailer coming from a gramophone as the cuff-linked hands of Booker DeWitt attempts to hold onto the surface of a blimp.
Indeed, the song was originally titled as “The Grand Old Rag” by famed Broadway playwright, George M. Cohan, for his 1906 musical George Washington, Jr.
As the story goes, Cohan was inspired by a Civil War veteran who carried a carefully folded, but tattered flag. He remarked that “She’s a grand old rag”, giving Cohan the first line of the chorus. However, other individuals objected to called the flag a “rag”, leaving Cohan scrambling for a new rhyme.
The original chorus went:
You’re a grand old rag / You’re a high-flying flag
The revision became:
You’re a grand old flag / Though you’re torn to a rag
Which was eventually dropped in favor for redundant rhyme known today:
You’re a grand old flag / You’re a high-flying flag
Though the entire song has two entire verses referencing lines from “Yankee Doodle”, “Dixie”, “Marching Through Georgia”, “The Yankee Doodle Boy”, “The Star-Spangled Banner”, “Auld Lang Syne”, and mentions the Grand Army of the Republic, usually only the chorus is sung with regularity.
Later, technology evolved to press two sides at once on the same record. This would give rise to the A-side and an extra song known as the B-side, giving two songs for the price of one record, though still commonly called a “single”. Though some novelty records were later released as single-sided, it was only until the advent of digital downloads that paying for a “single” again meant buying only one song.
The blank backs of the records often had advertisements and warnings against counterfeiting and commercial broadcasts. Here, the record is advertised as 60 cents; you could buy a dozen eggs for 14 cents or three pounds of beef for 25 cents in 1906. The slip is dated to December 1, 1905 though the record was released the following month.
William Thomas Murray or simply Billy Murray had a prolific career in both vaudeville and as a recording artist. Much like Sam Lanin, he recorded for nearly every record label of the era
Even for this song, he recorded variations of both “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “The Grand Old Rag” as either a solo or with the American Quartet (featuring John Bieling, Steve Porter, and William F. Hooley).
Though this song did not make the final cut, he did however make it into the soundtrack of the game proper.
If you could, how would you change Booker? You were talking about how he's kind of a weak father. I can kinda understand why since Bioshock loves their twisty ending reveals. But I guess lets pretend they knew they were related early on in the game. Would you have anything special? The only nice thing I can remember from that game is when Booker plays guitar for a bit. Tbh I was more interested in the 'relationship' between Elizabeth and Songbird.
i probably wouldn’t change booker at all tbh. like the whole reason there even is a game is because he was a shitty father and tried to sell his child to pay off a gambling debt. of course he realizes his mistake and tries to get elizabeth back, but it didn’t work out. now in some reality where booker does get elizabeth back i like to imagine he tries to straighten himself out and becomes a really good father to her—plays guitar for her, reads her stories, works hard so she can have a comfortable life, watches her grow up, and at some point they both go to paris together and nothing bad ever happens to them. the end.
It didn’t take long for Booker to spot a girl he liked the look of. They got to chatting but Booker was just too exhausted from the events of the day to put any proper effort into trying his luck with the bartender. Not to mention he was starving, so he headed home to make some dinner for himself.