In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820
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Description: In this innovative study, David Waldstreicher investigates the importance of political festivals in the early American republic. Drawing on newspapers, broadsides, diaries, and letters, he shows how patriotic celebrations and their reproduction in a rapidly expanding print culture helped connect local politics to national identity. Waldstreicher reveals how Americans worked out their political differences in creating a festive calendar. Using the Fourth of July as a model, members of different political parties and social movements invented new holidays celebrating such events as the ratification of the Constitution, Washington's birthday, Jefferson's inauguration, and the end of the slave trade. They used these politicized rituals, he argues, to build constituencies and to make political arguments on a national scale. While these celebrations enabled nonvoters to participate intimately in the political process and helped dissenters forge effective means of protest, they had their limits as vehicles of democratization or modes of citizenship, Waldstreicher says. Exploring the interplay of region, race, class, and gender in the development of a national identity, he demonstrates that an acknowledgment of the diversity and conflict inherent in the process is crucial to any understanding of American politics and culture.
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Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/24/1997
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Introduction: The Practices of Nationalism|
|Revolution, Nation, State|
|The Revolutionary Politics of Celebration Ancient Rites Festivity and the Origins of American Politics Celebrating the American Future|
|The Constitution of Federal Feeling The Crisis of Virtue and the Virtues of ""Crisis"" Celebrating Natural Aristocracy: From Virtue to Sensibility Inventing Federalist America|
|National Characters George Washington's Sentimental Journeys ""I Live Here in the Midst of Perpetual Fetes"" National Character: Ideology, Theology, Practice|
|Elections, Sections, and Races|
|The Celebration of Politics 1800: A Different Kind of Revolution Nationalism as Partisan Antipartisanship Celebratory Politics as the Early Republic's Public Sphere|
|Regionalism, Nationalism, and the Geopolitics of Celebration New England as America America Going South West Meets East|
|Mixed Feelings: Race and Nation Nothing But Union ""Declaration of Independence! Where art thou now?"" ""The Africans and their descendants, will celebrate . . .""|
|Epilogue: ""You May Celebrate, I Must Mourn""|
|The Continental Almanac|
|Federal Pillars, March 1788|
|Federal Pillars, August 1788|
|Reception of Washington at Trenton|
|Proclamation for a Federal Thanksgiving|
|Black Cockade Funeral|
|Toasts, for Fourth July 1804|
|Governor Hancock's Ball|
|A Peep into the Antifederal Club|
|Hunters of Kentucky|
|The Battle of Plattsburg|
|Bobalition Broadside, 1816|
|Bobalition Broadside, 1822|
|Reply to Bobalition Broadside, 1819"|