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Thought for the Day

March 22, 2011

In the mid-19th century, the New York Historical Society advocated changing the name of the United States to the Republic of Allegania, appealing to the fact that the Allegheny Mountains “bind the country together.” That suggestion prompted others, including this one by South Carolina novelist, poet, and historian William Gilmore Simms: “I conscientiously believe that if the nation was called Squash, Americans would not be conscious of any awkwardness.”

Courtesy Dr. David Healy

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Will Healy permalink
    March 23, 2011 12:27 am

    Makes my mouth water, thinking of squash and no awkwardness and a conscientous belief system. Many thanks…

  2. Joe Colianni permalink
    May 14, 2011 9:39 pm

    Will Healy? Is that Jerry Healy’s son? I think i have met you over the years at Trout Lake Camp – same Healy?

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