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Holy Day, Holiday: The American Sunday

McCrossen, Alexis

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ISBN 10: 0801434173 / ISBN 13: 9780801434174
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Title: Holy Day, Holiday: The American Sunday

Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Whether observed as a day for rest or for time-and-a-half, Sunday has always been a day apart in the American week. Supplementing wide-ranging historical research with the reflections and experiences of ordinary individuals, Alexis McCrossen traces conflicts over the meaning of Sunday that have shaped the day in the United States since 1800.


"Whether it is a day for rest, worship, family time or work overtime, Sunday has distinguished itself on the American calendar. McCrossen considers blue laws and the Sunday paper, and much more in this evocation of 200 years of highly emotional social, religious and class disputes over the meaning of the day."―Publishers Weekly, 10 April 2000

"Ms. McCrossen's fascinating cultural history of Sunday in America mainly covers the 19th-century struggle between conservative Sabbatarians who wanted to keep Sunday as the Lord's day― as a day of Christian worship― and liberal Protestants who wanted to turn it into a day of cultural uplift."―Adam Wolfson, Wall Street Journal, 27 July 2000

"Alexis McCrossen offers the most accessible account available of Sunday's transformation in America from a day of rest to a day of leisure."―Douglas A. Sweeney, Religious Studies Review, January 2001

"This compact, elegant, and thoroughly researched volume is the first full-scale cultural history of Sunday observance in the United States. Holy Day, Holiday conveys a vivid sense of the diversity of meanings attached to Sunday throughout American history. . . The book's strength lies in the richness of its narrative."―Michael J. McClymond, Journal of the Early Republic (21.2)

"This book by Alexis McCrossen is a complicated, ambitious study of Sunday as a symbol and an institution. . . The book is engagingly written and fun to read. Most readers will find threads of their own history in this melange of 'acceptable' Sunday activities. Quite likely, the threads will include both holy day and holiday."―Janet Forsythe Fishburn, American Historical Review, December 2001

"McCrossen's fine new book gives us a solidly synthetic history of the American Sunday. . . Her work is made all the more rewarding by her use of a valuable breadth of primary material, ranging from sheet music to diary entires to Currier and Ives illustrations to bicycle periodicals such as Bicycle World and the Wheel. . . McCrossen offers an engaging treatment of changing notions of American rest, leisure, and religious devotion."―Paul Gutjahr, Journal of American History, September 2001

"Holy Day, Holiday excels as a cultural history of Sunday's remaking amid modern forms of domesticity, labor, leisure, and consumption. Alexis McCrossen offers a compelling view of the shifting conflicts over Sunday observance in American culture as the day became an ever-more-complicated mix of rest, recreation, and devotion."―Leigh Eric Schmidt, Princeton University

"Illuminating Americans' shifting perceptions of work and rest, high and popular culture, the sacred and the secular, Alexis McCrossen's book offers insights aplenty―enough to fill a month of Sundays."―Joan Shelley Rubin, University of Rochester, author of The Making of Middlebrow Culture

"As Americans enter the 21st century working and playing harder than ever, Holy Day, Holiday offers much needed historical perspective on the shifting boundaries between labor, leisure, and rest. With great originality and erudition, Alexis McCrossen takes us on a journey through three centuries of American Sundays, and along the way we learn about a great deal more than that."―Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University

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