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In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820 (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia) Paperback – November 24, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0807846919 ISBN-10: 0807846910 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (November 24, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807846910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807846919
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book that demands the attention of specialists in the early American republic, and of social and cultural historians."Journal of Social History"

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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

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First off, the book came in great condition, I could not have asked for a better shipping experience. The book itself is very interesting with a slightly different perspective of the Revolutionary years. The usage of celebrations, newsprint, and dinner toasts at first glance do not seem very influential to the development of American Nationalist sentiment, but the author makes a good and compelling argument for it.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Wolf on March 15, 2008
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Waldstreicher is a fantastic writer who crafts a masterpiece of American history. It takes more than a revolution to make a nation and Waldstreciher clearly demonstrates how diverse peoples with divergent interests formed a shared sense of nationalism.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Sassy Countess on May 6, 2014
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I thought that it would be more on the parties, but it wasn't, so I was disappointed. I did get a little info, but only out of one paragraph.
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24 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 2003
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While the author obviously spent (too much?) time in the archives, when it came to sitting down and writing the book he could not resist engaging in what is now literally an all-too-common academic exercise: making what should have been a straightforward cultural tale into a jargon-laden, convoluted tome that lacks clarity. Instead of tortured sentence construction and the employment of a host of academic buzzwords, Waldstreicher should have just said what he had to say! He didn't (not uncommon in his profession) and thus this book, consequently inaccessible, is anything but lucid.
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