Hail, Columbia!

Published: October 22, 2013

We talked about the figure of “Columbia” on our latest show, and how this once-dominant female representation of the nation lost ground to competitors in the 20th Century. But Columbia was still prominent enough during World War I to appear in posters like this one, urging support for the US Navy – entitled “The Sword is Drawn, The Navy Upholds It!,” painted by Kenyon Cox (1917), and in the collections of the Library of Congress.

Hear more from our conversation about Columbia with historian Ellen Berg:

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