America's Forgotten Holiday: May Day and Nationalism, 1867-1960 by Donna Haverty-StackeAmerica's Forgotten Holiday: May Day and Nationalism, 1867-1960 by Donna Haverty-Stacke

America's Forgotten Holiday: May Day and Nationalism, 1867-1960

byDonna Haverty-Stacke

Hardcover | December 1, 2008

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Though now a largely forgotten holiday in the United States, May Day was founded here in 1886 by an energized labor movement as a part of its struggle for the eight-hour day. In ensuing years, May Day took on new meaning, and by the early 1900s had become an annual rallying point for anarchists, socialists, and communists around the world. Yet American workers and radicals also used May Day to advance alternative definitions of what it meant to be an American and what America should be as a nation.

Mining contemporary newspapers, party and union records, oral histories, photographs, and rare film footage, America’s Forgotten Holiday explains how May Days celebrants, through their colorful parades and mass meetings, both contributed to the construction of their own radical American identities and publicized alternative social and political models for the nation.

This fascinating story of May Day in America reveals how many contours of American nationalism developed in dialogue with political radicals and workers, and uncovers the cultural history of those who considered themselves both patriotic and dissenting Americans.

Title:America's Forgotten Holiday: May Day and Nationalism, 1867-1960Format:HardcoverDimensions:342 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:December 1, 2008Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814737056

ISBN - 13:9780814737057

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“Donna Haverty-Stackes America’s Forgotten Holiday offers a welcome reminder that not many generations ago, May Day brought more outbursts of idealism than new home construction, more social solidarity than consumerism, and the hopes for a democratic future that we need ever more urgently in the torrents of imperial wars today.”
-Paul Buhle,Brown University