July is almost here, and the new Liberty Belles calendar for 2020 is about to drop. We previously reported that the Liberty Belles will be taking a historic look back at the birth of American Liberty and Independence from jolly-ol-England. However, we’re specifically focusing on the women that helped fight that tyrannical wanker King George.
In December 2018 we had an idea to fundamentally transform the calendar into something a little more meaningful. Yeah, girls, guns, and tac-kini’s is what Liberty Belles has always been about, but we wondered what else the brand could be. Given today’s political landscape with the unscholarly and erroneous statements coming out of Washington, it’s demonstrably obvious there are severe deficits in historical knowledge.
However, it is also painfully obvious that what comes out of Washington is endemic in American culture. This should not be a surprise. We elect whom we relate to. The problem is that many of us simply do not truly know where we came from anymore. We think we know because we went through a bit of American History in school. However, we aren’t getting the whole story. This is a problem because as a country we end up with false ideas about alleged mistakes of the past which we then seize upon to make recompense for.
Unfortunately entire vantage points of American History have been omitted resulting in an alternative and inaccurate view of the past. It’s no wonder as a nation we’re self deprecating. As an example, racial tensions are recognizably high, and with one meaningful look around the internet it’s not at all uncommon to witness black folks commenting about how this isn’t their country because their ancestors were enslaved and brought here against their will by white men.
While the sad existence of the slave trade shouldn’t be understated, what’s been lost to the annals of history is that black folks — both free and slave alike — voluntarily fought and paid for this country with their blood along side white folks. It’s unequivocally as much the land of the free and home of the brave for black folks as it is for white folks.
Before the American Revolutionary, abolition had gained popularity. However, the conventional view of history is simply that black people were enslaved — and we did it. While that’s partially accurate, it can not be understated that slavery was abolished because Christian American colonists disagreed with a few thousand years of accepted world practice. Our infant nation couldn’t wait to rid itself of slavery. In 1781 before the Revolution had even been won, the state of Massachusets became the first state to abolish slavery.
It’s also now a thing for radical feminism to champion women breaking non-existent barriers and fictional “glass ceilings”. Ironically, women like Anna Maria Lane and Catherine Moore Barry pretty much went there and did that back in 1776 — sorry feminazis. I have to wonder how many avowed radical feminists have ever even heard of these bad ass women who stood shoulder to shoulder with men in the continental Army taking musket ball fire. The American Revolution was full of them.
So, for 2020 the mission of the Liberty Belles project will be to re-introduce you to figures from American history. No, not the famous historic figures everyone knows about, but the bad ass women who already shattered civil rights glass ceilings a couple hundred years before Hillary Clinton ever thought about being born.
I’m going to introduce you to women who were European American, African American, and Native American. These profound women believed in freedom so much, they voluntarily fought in this country’s greatest defining war.