‘Make Freedom Mine!’ The American Dream Circa 1948 Is Saccharine Sexism

This animated vintage-video gem offers a bizarre collection of vignettes illustrating what it means to be American.

I spend a good amount of time wading through this online public archive of films, commercials, and audio; it’s 
nothing short of a wonderland, a kind of twisted 
time capsule where men are men, women are women, and every “ism” reigns supreme.

It’s not pretty, but it sure gives context to the tangled morass of hate and confusion we call “society” that we find ourselves in today!

This fine morning I bring you a delightful film made by The Sloan Foundation, founded by the former chairman of General Motors in the wake of World War II.

America was very eager to explain to the peons that comprised its nation why capitalism—don’t even say communism out loud!—was not only the way, but that the pursuit of money and the celebration of unbridled gain was essential to America’s identity.

This animated gem offers a bizarre collection of vignettes illustrating what it means to be American; why a “fair trial” consists of men hollering at a scantily clad woman remains fuzzy at best. Drop me a line if you’ve got some insights on that.

Happy Fourth of July dear readers; I hope you spend it as you wish.

(And stay tuned in the coming months for more finds from the archive of absurd, terrifying vintage videos!)

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