A book that demands the attention of specialists in the early American republic, and of social and cultural historians."Journal of Social History"
America's numerous celebrations, pageants, and parades may seem to be little more than patriotic rituals of assent. David Waldstreicher knows better. He shows how the early republic's festivals actually helped create American nationalism, not out of bland consensus but out of intense conflict over America's destiny. An excellent and important work.--Sean Wilentz, Princeton University