Parades and the Politics of the Street: Festive Culture in the Early American Republic

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997 - 271 Seiten
Simon Newman vividly evokes the celebrations of America's first national holidays in the years between the ratification of the Constitution and the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson. He demonstrates how, by taking part in the festive culture of the streets, nonelite American men and women were able to play a significant role in forging the political culture of the young nation. The creation of many of the patriotic holidays we still celebrate coincided with the emergence of the first two-party system, Newman observes; as leaders of the Federalist and Democratic Republican factions vied to take fullest advantage of the parades and festivals that filled the public sphere, the participation and support of a wider public became vital to their parties' success. With the political songs they sang, the liberty poles they raised, and the partisan badges they wore, ordinary Americans helped shape a new national politics destined to replace the regional practices of the colonial era.
 

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The Significance of Popular Political Culture
1
Resistance Revolution and Nationhood The Origins of a National Popular Political Culture
11
The Partisan Politics of Popular Leadership
44
The Popular Politics of Independence Day
83
Celebrating the French Revolution
120
Songs Signs and Symbols The Everyday Discourse of Popular Politics
152
Conclusion The Regularization of Popular Political Culture
186
Abbreviations
193
Notes
195
Bibliography
245
Index
265
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Simon P. Newman is Sir Denis Brogan Professor of American Studies at the University of Glasgow and author of Embodied History: The Lives of the Poor in Early Philadelphia, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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