Holy Day, Holiday: The American Sunday by Alexis McCrossenHoly Day, Holiday: The American Sunday by Alexis McCrossen

Holy Day, Holiday: The American Sunday

byAlexis McCrossen

Paperback | December 11, 2001

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The mass protests that greeted attempts to open the 1893 Chicago World's Fair on a Sunday seem almost comical today in an era of seven-day convenience and twenty-four-hour shopping. But the issue of the meaning of Sunday is one that has historically given rise to a wide range of strong emotions and pitted a surprising variety of social, religious, and class interests against one another. Whether observed as a day for rest, or time-and-a-half, Sunday has always been a day apart in the American week.Supplementing wide-ranging historical research with the reflections and experiences of ordinary individuals, Alexis McCrossen traces conflicts over the meaning of Sunday that have shaped the day in the United States since 1800. She investigates cultural phenomena such as blue laws and the Sunday newspaper, alongside representations of Sunday in the popular arts. Holy Day, Holiday attends to the history of religion, as well as the histories of labor, leisure, and domesticity.

Alexis McCrossen is Assistant Professor in the Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University.
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Title:Holy Day, Holiday: The American SundayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.51 inPublished:December 11, 2001Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801487870

ISBN - 13:9780801487873

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"Whether it is a day for rest, worship, family time or work overtime, Sunday has distinguished itself on the American calendar. McCrossen considers blue laws and the Sunday paper, and much more in this evocation of 200 years of highly emotional social, religious and class disputes over the meaning of the day."

- Publishers Weekly