The Fourth of July: And the Founding of America

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Overlook Press, 2008 - History - 195 pages
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"The United States is a nation that touts its diversity, but there is one tradition that Americans love to share. Every year on the Fourth of July, Americans celebrate (and, in effect, re-enact) the founding of their country. Independence Day is one of our favorite traditions - but much of the inherited lore that surrounds the holiday is more myth than history." "In The Fourth of July, Peter de Bolla teases out the true story of the Fourth of July. De Bolla traces the holiday's history from 1776 through the Civil War, the Cold War, and the present. This exploration of the ritual celebration and mythology of America's birthday offers a fascinating window into the history of the nation and its people."--BOOK JACKET.

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British professor de Bolla (cultural studies, Kings Coll., Cambridge Univ.; Art Matters) looks at the origins of the American holiday, the development of the symbols surrounding it (e.g., Betsy Ross ... Read full review

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The Event and the Myth
Making Independence Day

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Peter de Bolla is Reader of Cultural History and Fellow of King's College at Cambridge University.

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