HIST 215 Holidays and American Culture

The course will examine the invention, celebration, and meanings of American holidays from the colonial era to the present. Issues to be considered include the ways in which holidays have shaped cultural values and American identity and vice versa; the ways in which holidays have both reflected and shaped views of gender, race, class, and ethnicity; and the relationships between holidays and religious belief, nationalism, consumer culture and political ideology. The course will take a multicultural and interdisciplinary approach.




Offered on occasion