Saturday Evening Post Cover, September 18,1909, depicting a Student Reciting Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give me Death" Speech

Saturday Evening Post Cover, September 18,1909, depicting a Student Reciting Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give me Death" Speech

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This color illustration graced the front cover of The Saturday Evening Post on September 18, 1909. It depicts a young boy standing in front of a classroom and enthusiastically reciting Patrick Henry’s famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech of 1775. A bemused teacher is sitting behind him while an apple sits on her desk. Patriotic plays and founder rhetoric were common classroom themes during this period of Americanization in the classroom. It was also a period of promotion of free speech rights by unions on public city streets.
German-American Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874-1951) is considered to be one of the preeminent illustrators of the early 20th Century. He attended the Chicago Art Institute. J. C. Leyendecker completed 322 illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post and was a mentor to Norman Rockwell. He was a frequent contributor to Collier’s and The American Weekly, among other periodicals. He also created famous advertising campaigns, such as the Arrow Collar Man.
Object Name
magazine cover
date made
1909-09-18
maker
Saturday Evening Post
Curtis Publishing Company
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13 3/4 in x 10 1/2 in; 34.925 cm x 26.67 cm
ID Number
2017.3049.90
nonaccession number
2017.3049
catalog number
2017.3049.90
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
subject
Americanization
teacher appreciation
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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