The following is a guest post by Bacilio Mendez II, an intern in the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress.
What do Madeleine Albright, Diane von Fürstenberg, Elaine Chao, and Pamela Anderson have in common? … No clue? … I’ll give you a hint, it’s the same thing that Albert Einstein, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Cary Grant, and Patrick Ewing also have in common.
Well, aside from being famous for possessing talents that many among us aspire to emulate, these great Americans didn’t start out as Americans at all. That’s right, all of these icons of American culture are naturalized United States citizens. In fact, they all share that commonality with the subjects of this post. While the faces in the photo may not be as immediately recognizable as the names listed earlier some of our readers may recognize the backdrop.
Just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, you will find the only historic home in the United States on the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage List — Monticello.
It is all too fitting that new citizens are sworn in every year on the Fourth of July at the site that Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, also called home.
Please join the In Custodia Legis blog in celebrating these and all citizens of the United States by having a safe and happy Independence Day!