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Red, white, and blue letter days : an American calendar

Author: Matthew Dennis
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, Labor Day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, and other celebrations matter to Americans and reflect the state of American, local and national politics. The author explores this vast political and cultural terrain, charting how Americans have defined their identities through celebration.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dennis, Matthew, 1955-
Red, white, and blue letter days.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)606809689
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Dennis
ISBN: 0801436478 9780801436475 0801472687 9780801472688
OCLC Number: 49552445
Awards: Winner of An Alternate Selection of the History Book Club.
Description: xii, 338 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction. Identity, history, and the American calendar --
1. Political fireworks: American Independence Day, 1776-2000 --
2. Haven in a heartless calendar: America's Thanksgiving, 1621-2000 --
3. Reinventing America: Columbus Day and centenary celebrations of his voyage of "discovery," 1792-1992 --
4. Washington, Lincoln, and the unheroic Presidents' Day --
5. St. Monday: Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the celebration of leisure --
6. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday: inventing an American tradition --
Epilogue. The future of the past.
Responsibility: Matthew Dennis.

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The Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, Labor Day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, and other celebrations matter to Americans and reflect the state of American, local and national politics. The author explores this vast political and cultural terrain, charting how Americans have defined their identities through celebration.

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