Encore: Creating Federal Holidays, July 4th to Juneteenth

11.30.2021 - By Now & Then

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As we come out of Thanksgiving and welcome in Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Years, we revisit Heather Cox Richardson and Joanne Freeman’s look at the American debates that accompanied the creations of July 4th, Columbus Day, and Election Day. Why do Americans celebrate? Why do we fight about our holidays? And what role have economics, popular culture, and governmental politics contoured our national festivities?

NOTE: This episode was originally released on July 6th, 2021.

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