Celebrating Ethnicity and Nation: American Festive Culture from the Revolution to the Early Twentieth Century

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Arising out of the context of the re-configuration of Europe, new perspectives are applied by the authors of this volume to the process of nation-building in the United States. By focusing on a variety of public celebrations and festivities from the Revolution to the early twentieth century, the formative period of American national identity, the authors reveal the complex interrelationships between collective identities on the local, regional, and national level which, over ...

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Overview

Arising out of the context of the re-configuration of Europe, new perspectives are applied by the authors of this volume to the process of nation-building in the United States. By focusing on a variety of public celebrations and festivities from the Revolution to the early twentieth century, the formative period of American national identity, the authors reveal the complex interrelationships between collective identities on the local, regional, and national level which, over time, shaped the peculiar character of American nationalism.

This volume combines vivid descriptions of various public celebrations with a sophisticated methodological and theoretical approach.

Jürgen Heideking was Professor for Modern and Anglo-American History at the Institute of Anglo-American History, University of Cologne. Geneviève Fabre teaches at the Institut Charles V of the University of Paris VII (Denis Diderot). Kai Dreisbach is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Anglo-American History, University of Cologne.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571812438
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: European Studies in American History
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Celebrating the Constitution: The Federal Processions of 1788 and the Emergence of a Republican Festive Culture in the United States 25
Ch. 2 The Nation as Spectacle: The Grand Federal Procession in Philadelphia, 1788 44
Ch. 3 Revolutionary Festivals and Political Violence: The Impact of the French Revolution in America 63
Ch. 4 From Celebrating Victory to Celebrating the Nation: The War of 1812 and American National Identity 74
Ch. 5 Performing Freedom: Negro Election Celebrations as Political and Intellectual Resistance in New England, 1740-1850 91
Ch. 6 Italian Americans and Columbus Day: A Quest for Consensus between National and Group Identities, 1840-1910 124
Ch. 7 "... to divide their love": Celebrating Frenchness and Americanization in San Francisco, 1850-1909 140
Ch. 8 Charity on Parade: Chicago's Jews and the Construction of Ethnic and Civic "Gemeinschaft" in the 1860s 157
Ch. 9 Demonstrating the Values of 'Gemuthlichkeit' and 'Cultur': The Festivals of German Americans in Milwaukee, 1870-1910 175
Ch. 10 Halloween - a "Reinvented" Holiday: Celebrating White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Middle-Class America 194
Ch. 11 Climate, Identity, and Winter Carnivals in North America 215
Ch. 12 Creating and Instrumentalizing Nationalism: The Celebration of National Reunion in the Peace Jubilees of 1898 228
Ch. 13 Historical Bonding with an Expiring Heritage: Revisiting the Plymouth Tercentenary Festivities of 1920-21 257
List of Contributors 298
Index 302
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