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The Fourth of July Encyclopedia Hardcover – January 9, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786427779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786427772
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,245,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Historical newspaper reports appearing as early as July 5, 1776, are among the sources for this encyclopedia, lending a local flavor to national festivities and shedding light on the celebration over time. Proving that the Fourth of July is more than just a day off from work but a day for civic, social, and political as well as recreational activities, the volume documents numerous local, regional, and national events, including countless openings, unveilings, rallies, parades, barbecues, dances, reenactments, and inaugurations. Some examples are the ground breaking for the Ohio Canal in 1825; Fourth of July concerts hosted by popular musician Willie Nelson; and the July 4 naming of Independence Creek, Missouri, by Lewis and Clark during their expedition to the Louisiana territory in 1804. The historical and journalistic emphasis of the encyclopedia provides a special lens through which to view and further understand the meaning of the holiday, which pays homage to the signing of the Declaration of Independence (full text included in the appendix). Of note is the inclusion of many patriotic odes and poems as well as songs and hymns, such as "America the Beautiful," and "Hail, Columbia!" The entry "Star Spangled Banner" contains background information and a chronology of early performances. Other entries showcase famous speeches or provide brief sketches of presidents, politicians, educators, and others with links to the Fourth of July or the Declaration of Independence. Intended for a general audience, this is a good companion for Facts On File's The Glorious Fourth: An American Holiday (1989). Although it has a limited index and only a handful of black-and-white photos, it is recommended for public library and college reference collections. Kirby, Diana


"Comprehensive...the only encyclopedia of its kind...recommended." --Library Journal

"The historical and journalistic emphasis of the encyclopedia provides a special lens through which to view and further understand the meaning of the holiday...recommended." --Booklist/RBB

"Highly recommended." --Reference Reviews

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terri on July 14, 2011
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My husband is thoroughly enjoying this book and the way it is set up by divisions, and I am sure I will enjoy it also we love reading anything with history of the US in it I hope I can find many more history related books from Amazon.
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