America's Public Holidays, 1865-1920
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America's Public Holidays, 1865-1920

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From the revered Memorial Day to the forgotten Lasties Day, America's Public Holidays is a timely and thoughtful analysis of how the civic culture of America has been fashioned. By analyzing how holidays became a forum for expressing patriotism, how public tradition has been invented, and how the definition of America itself was changed, Ellen Litwicki tells the intriguing story of the elite effort to create new holidays and the variety of responses from ordinary Americans.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 145.8 x 222 x 18.8mm | 385.56g
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 27 B&W PHOTOS
  • 1588340619
  • 9781588340610

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..". an excellent and well-written book. America's Public Holidays provides an excellent overview of the cultural history of public celebrations..."show more

About Ellen M. Litwicki

Ellen Litwicki is an associate professor of history at the State University of New York, Fredonia.show more

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