Celebrating Revolution

 E Pluribus Unum



Celebrations and the American Identity

The American Religious Experience: Parades, Holidays, and Public Rituals from the Encylopedia of American Social History -- See particularly A People Free and Englightened

Tradition as a Cultural Tool: Revolution as Realization
Comments on use of Forefathers' Day and other celebrations and traditions as means of building a sense of an American identity.


Forefathers' Day

Forefathers' Day and the Old Colony Club


Anniversary of the Boston Massacre

Captain Thomas Preston's Account of the Boston Massacre, 13 March 1770, and an alternative report at A Hypertext for American History.

Dr. Joseph Warren, Oration Delivered at Boston, 5 March 1772

John Hancock, "Boston Massacre Oration," 5 March 1774

Orations on the Boston Massacre from Hezekiah Niles, ed. Principles and Acts of the Revolution in America, p. 17-79 available at Dr. Rosemarie Zagarri's Revolutionary America:
Boston Massacre Web Site



Fourth of July

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams predicting that future Americans would always celebrate the historic date: July 2, 1776

Account of a Declaration-fast day




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