The Nation: Scattered Anniversary

Four years and several weeks from now the U.S. will be 200 years old. To honor the occasion, President Nixon had counted on an exposition worthy of the moment to crown his hoped-for second term in office. The logical site: Philadelphia, cradle of liberty and host to the nation's centennial and sesquicentennial celebrations.

But it is not to be. In a decision backed by the President, the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission has rejected the proposal by Philadelphia to hold the big birthday party there. The fundamental reason, says a commission spokesman, was that the...

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