I studied the British Empire in college. I found that the debates centered around the nature of the Empire were very similar to those occurring in the so called American Empire. Often times, the imperialist ventures were engaged in for the sake of "freedom and democracy" although this was often a veil for purely economic exploits.Interesting and perhaps (I'm on the other side) reminder that our British Empire days weren't exactly all sweetness and light. It prompted me to read the lyrics, something I'm not sure I've done before.
As far as anthems go, I'm not that fond of the tune although I consider our God Save The Queen a pretty awful dirge to sing.
The Welsh one is pretty rousing though.
Even as an English person (albeit one who had spent some of his primary school years living in Wales) find it as a song is something you can get swept up in. Better though is the Welsh hymn Calon Lan (pure heart) which I sometime mention. At the risk of numerous repeats I'll give it again but use a source I've not used before. This one call's itself The Cape Town Youth Choir so maybe South African? Great voices whatever.
A lot of US history is forgotten.
Being mainly European, mixed with African-American, Chocktaw, and Chickasaw, believe me, it is hard for me to forget these things.A lot of US history is forgotten.
Slaughter and terrorism against indigenous people.
Illegal seizure of land.
Destruction of legally obtained governments.
But then the rest of the world does the same.
So I always remind people to be wary of jingoism.
Forgive me for not knowing the answer to this one, but is African, mixed with European-American the same as European, mixed with African-American?