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"[P]rovides readers with a deeper insight into the ways in which holidays have been used and misused throughout American history. We learn of how Americans come together on their special days and how those days, sometimes, reveal social strains. A necessary volume for anyone who cares about how Americans reveal community and perform civic obligation."
-Gary Alan Fine,author of Difficult Reputations: Collective Memories of the Evil, Inept, and Controversial
"[O]ffers an effervescent mix of sociological and historical reflections on the state of holidays and rituals in American culture."
-Leigh E. Schmidt,author of Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays
"[A] new and welcome framework for understanding the meanings of holidays in our multi-cultural society. Any simple explanation of even the most familiar celebrations will be challenged in reading this wide-ranging collection."
-Penne L. Restad,author of Christmas in America: A History