Red, White, and Blue Letter Days: An American Calendar

3.4 avg rating
( 5 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780801436475: Red, White, and Blue Letter Days: An American Calendar

The Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, Labor Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, and other celebrations matter to Americans and reflect the state of American local and national politics. Commemorations of cataclysmic events and light, apparently trivial observances mirror American political and cultural life. Both reveal much about the material conditions of the United States and its citizens’ identities, historical consciousness, and political attitudes. Lying dormant within these festivals is the potential for political consequence, controversy, even transformation. American political fetes remain works in progress, as Americans use historical celebrations as occasions to reinvent themselves and their nation, often with surprising results. In six engaging chapters—assaying particular political holidays over the course of their histories, Red, White, and Blue Letter Days examines how Americans have shaped and been shaped by their calendar.

Matthew Dennis explores this vast political and cultural terrain, charting how Americans defined their identities through celebration. Independence Day invited African Americans to demand the equality promised in the Declaration of Independence, for example, just as Columbus Day—celebrating the Italian, Catholic explorer—helped immigrants proclaim their legitimacy as Americans. Native Americans too could use public holidays, such as Thanksgiving or Veterans Day, to express dissent or demonstrate their claims to citizenship. Merchants and advertisers colonized the American calendar, moving in to sell their products by linking them, often tenuously, with holiday occasions or casting consumption as a patriotic act.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

"Red, White, and Blue Letter Days is an enormously ambitious, creative, well-written, and informative history of the most important and lasting American civic holidays. Matthew Dennis builds on a profusion of recent work on celebrations and historical memory and successfully incorporates more of it than any other book to date."--David Waldstreicher, University of Notre Dame

"A stunning departure from all ordinary books on the meanings of holidays in public memory. With a real flair for narrative and a sharp critical focus, Matthew Dennis blends national and local experiences, showing the profound interactions taking place among ethnicities and partisan causes. There is beauty as well as a powerful logic in these pages."--Andrew Burstein, University of Tulsa

About the Author:

Matthew Dennis is Professor of History at the University of Oregon. He is the author of the prize-winning book Cultivating a Landscape of Peace: Iroquois-European Encounters in Seventeenth-Century America, also from Cornell.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Dennis, Matthew
Published by Cornell University Press
ISBN 10: 0801436478 ISBN 13: 9780801436475
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Vital Products COM LLC
(southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cornell University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0801436478. Bookseller Inventory # Z0801436478ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Dennis, Matthew
Published by Cornell University Press
ISBN 10: 0801436478 ISBN 13: 9780801436475
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cornell University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0801436478. Bookseller Inventory # Z0801436478ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Dennis, Matthew
Published by Cornell University Press 2002-05-01 (2002)
ISBN 10: 0801436478 ISBN 13: 9780801436475
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Ebooksweb COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cornell University Press 2002-05-01, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1St Edition. 0801436478. Bookseller Inventory # Z0801436478ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Matthew Dennis
Published by Cornell University Press (2002)
ISBN 10: 0801436478 ISBN 13: 9780801436475
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Poverty Hill Books
(La Grange, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cornell University Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. HARDCOVER, BRAND NEW COPY, Perfect Shape, No Black Remainder Mark,Fast Shipping With Online Tracking, International Orders shipped Global Priority Air Mail, All orders handled with care and shipped promptly in secure packaging, we ship Mon-Sat and send shipment confirmation emails. Our customer service is friendly, we answer emails fast, accept returns and work hard to deliver 100% Customer Satisfaction!. Bookseller Inventory # 9003655

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Matthew Dennis
Published by Cornell University Press (2002)
ISBN 10: 0801436478 ISBN 13: 9780801436475
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cornell University Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1St Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0801436478

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Matthew Dennis
ISBN 10: 0801436478 ISBN 13: 9780801436475
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97808014364751.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 34.19
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Dennis, Matthew
Published by Cornell University Press (2002)
ISBN 10: 0801436478 ISBN 13: 9780801436475
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cornell University Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110801436478

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 42.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Dennis, Matthew
Published by Cornell UP (2002)
ISBN 10: 0801436478 ISBN 13: 9780801436475
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Asano Bookshop
(Nagoya, AICHI, Japan)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cornell UP, 2002. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 86713

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 50.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.50
From Japan to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds