Pumpkin The Curious History of an American Icon
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Description: New in paperbackWhile many cultures eat pumpkin year round, North Americans reserve it for a set of beloved autumn rituals that celebrate the harvest season and the rural past. In a fascinating cultural and natural history, Pumpkin shows how Americans have used the pumpkin to connect with nature and our agrarian roots--and, ironically, how this process has revitalized small farms and rural communities.Cindy Ott is assistant professor of American studies at Saint Louis University."After smashing our illusions about the Pilgrims, Ott continues her pumpkin iconoclasm. The pumpkin as symbol comes full circle." --Nina C. Ayoub, The Chronicle of Higher Education"An extraordinary scholar and storyteller, Cindy Ott tracks the culture that altered the very nature of the pumpkin--and in doing so, tells us a revealing story about ourselves. Not to be missed." --Philip J. Deloria, author of Playing Indian
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Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 7/25/2013
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
|Foreword: Not by Bread Alone|
|Corn, Beans, and Just Another Squash: 10,000 BCE to 1600|
|"The Times where in Old Pompion was a Saint": From Pumpkin Beer to Pumpkin Pie, 1600 to 1799|
|Thoreau Sits on a Pumpkin: The Making of a Rural New England Icon, 1800 to 1860|
|"Wonderfully Grand and Colossal": The Pumpkin and the Nation, 1861 to 1899|
|Jack-O'-Lantern Smiles: Americans Celebrate the Fall Harvest with Pumpkins, 1900 to 1945|
|Atlantic Giants to Jack-Be-Littles: The Changing Nature of Pumpkins, 1946 to the Present|
|Pulling Up a Pig Sty to Put in a Pumpkin Patch: The Changing Nature of American Rural Economies, 1946 to the Present|