Americas Favorite Holidays: Candid Histories

Editor/Author Forbes, Bruce David
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: University of California Press

Price: Core Collection Only
ISBN: 978-0-52-028471-5
Category: History - United States -- History
Image Count: 29
Book Status: Available
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Americas Favorite Holidays explores how five of Americas culturally important holidays--Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving--came to be what they are today, seasonal and religious celebrations heavily influenced by modern popular culture.

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Christmas
  • WINTER
  • CHRISTMAS BEGINNINGS
  • SNOWBALL
  • PURITAN IMPACT
  • SANTA CLAUS AND COMMERCIALIZATION
  • Valentine's Day
  • A DOUBTFUL HISTORY
  • CHAUCER AND COURTLY LOVE
  • CARDS AND COMMERCIALIZATION
  • HEART OF THE HOLIDAY
  • Easter
  • PASSOVER
  • CHRISTIAN PASSOVER
  • EASTER?
  • RABBITS AND EGGS
  • Halloween
  • SAMHAIN AND ALL SAINTS
  • BLACK DEATH AND WITCH HUNTS
  • CELTS IN AMERICA
  • HALLOWEEN FOR CHILDREN
  • ADULT HALLOWEEN
  • Thanksgiving
  • PURITAN BEGINNINGS
  • A NATIONAL HOLIDAY
  • THE SURPRISE
  • DINNER AND MORE
  • CONTESTED MEANINGS
  • Afterword
  • List of Illustrations and Credits