The Fourth of July

The Fourth of July : And the Founding of America

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The United States is a nation that touts its diversity, but there is one tradition that Americans love to share. Every year on the Fourth of July, Americans celebrate (and, in effect, re-enact) the founding of their country. Independence Day is one of our favorite traditions - but much of the inherited lore that surrounds the holiday is more myth than history.
In The Fourth of July, Peter de Bolla teases out the true story of the Fourth of July. De Bolla traces the holiday's history from 1776 through the Civil War, the Cold War, and the present. This exploration of the ritual celebration and mythology of America's birthday offers a fascinating window into the history of the nation and its people.
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  • Hardback | 195 pages
  • 139.7 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 158567933X
  • 9781585679331

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"Americans, unlike poets, are made, not born. Peter de Bolla, in his witty monograph on that most patriotic of days, July 4, dismantles the making machinery...[An] elegant, ironic, brief but deeply researched meditation on what makes America America."-"The Financial Times"
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