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America's Public Holidays, 1865-1920

America's Public Holidays, 1865-1920 by Ellen M. Litwicki
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From the revered Memorial Day to the forgotten Lasties Day, America's Public Holidays is a timely and thoughtful analysis of how the civic culture of America has been fashioned. By analyzing how holidays became a forum for expressing patriotism, how public tradition has been invented, and how the definition of America itself was changed, Ellen Litwicki tells the intriguing story of the elite effort to create new holidays and the variety of responses from ordinary Americans.
Smithsonian; August 2013
304 pages; ISBN 9781588344168
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Title: America's Public Holidays, 1865-1920
Author: Ellen M. Litwicki
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