Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays

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In this richly illustrated book that captures both the blessings and ballyhoo of American holiday observances from the mid-eighteenth century through the twentieth, the author offers a reassessment of the "consumer rites" that various social critics have long decried for their spiritual emptiness and banal sentimentality. Leigh Schmidt tells the story of how holiday celebrations were almost banished by Puritans and other religious reformers in the colonies but went on to be romanticized and reinvented in the nineteenth and ...

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Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays
1997, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691017211

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Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays
1995, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691029801

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