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In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820

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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.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Illustrations

Introduction: The Practices of Nationalism

PART ONE: Revolution, Nation, State

1. The Revolutionary Politics of Celebration

Ancient Rites

Festivity and the Origins of American Politics

Celebrating the American Future

2. The Constitution of Federal Feeling

The Crisis of Virtue and the Virtues of "Crisis"

Celebrating Natural Aristocracy: From Virtue to Sensibility

Inventing Federalist America

3. National Characters

George Washington's Sentimental Journeys

"I Live Here in the Midst of Perpetual Fetes"

National Character: Ideology, Theology, Practice

PART TWO: Elections, Sections, and Races

4. The Celebration of Politics

1800: A Different Kind of Revolution

Nationalism as Partisan Antipartisanship

Celebratory Politics as the Early Republic's Public Sphere

5. Regionalism, Nationalism, and the Geopolitics of Celebration

New England as America

America Going South

West Meets East

6. 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"

Index

Illustrations

1. The Repeal

2. Epitaph

3. The Continental Almanac

4. Federal Pillars, March 1788

5. Federal Pillars, August 1788

6. Reception of Washington at Trenton

7. Proclamation for a Federal Thanksgiving

8. Abraham Bishop

9. The Jeffersoniad

10. Black Cockade Funeral

11. Toasts, for Fourth July 1804

12. Governor Hancock's Ball

13. A Peep into the Antifederal Club

14. Hunters of Kentucky

15. The Battle of Plattsburg

16. Bobalition Broadside, 1816

17. Bobalition Broadside, 1822

18. Reply to Bobalition Broadside, 1819

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807846919
Other:
Waldstreicher, David
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Waldstreicher, David
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Festivals
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Political culture
Subject:
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Subject:
Festivals -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
American festivals; American identities; early American republic; patriotic celebrations; national identity; Fourth of July; region; race; class; gender; American politics; Ohohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Political culture -- United States -- History.
Subject:
American festivals
Subject:
American identities
Subject:
early American republic
Subject:
patriotic celebrations
Subject:
national identity
Subject:
Fourth of july
Subject:
Region
Subject:
Race
Subject:
class
Subject:
Gender.
Subject:
American politics
Subject:
Ohohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
Series Volume:
no. 97-9
Publication Date:
November 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
380
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 20.48 oz

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