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President’s Day Is a Weird Holiday. It Has Been Since the Beginning.
How should a republic honor its leaders?
Lindsay M. Chervinsky
February 19, 2023
Do Americans Sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ Because of a Frat Party?
Or maybe it was the cigars that gave us this New Year's Eve staple.
December 29, 2022
'The Slaves Dread New Year's Day the Worst': The Grim History of January 1
New Year's Day used to be widely known as "Hiring Day" or "Heartbreak Day"
Olivia B. Waxman
December 27, 2019
What Is Presidents’ Day Actually About?
For most of American history, Washington's Birthday was a really big deal, but that’s changed a lot since the middle of the twentieth century.
February 3, 2018
Buying Your Dad a Gift Is Why Father's Day Exists
Buying a necktie for your dad is a stereotypical way to celebrate Father's Day, but it's in keeping with the holiday's history.
June 15, 2017
Christmas in the Space Age: Looking Back at the Wild Designs of Mid-20th-Century Holidays
There are two critical periods for Christmas. One is the Victorian era. The other is the 1960s.
November 25, 2016
Fighting to Desegregate the American Calendar
As a versatile but complex hero, King led a life open to interpretation by politicians and activists of all types who fiercely debated his legacy.
Daniel T. Fleming
UNC Press Blog
January 15, 2024
Poinsettia Day, the Monroe Doctrine, and U.S.-Mexican Relations
The troubled history of the famous poinsettia plant.
Lindsay Schakenbach Regele
December 9, 2023
The Story We’ve Been Told About Juneteenth Is Wrong
The real history of Juneteenth is much messier—and more inspiring.
Peniel E. Joseph
May 18, 2023
When Christmas Started Creeping
Christmas starts earlier every year — or does it?
November 8, 2022
The Secret History of Pumpkin Pie Spice
Why do we eat pumpkin pie spice in the fall?
The Food Historian
October 2, 2022
A Case of the Mondays
The beginning of the fight for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Daniel T. Fleming
June 29, 2022
The Uses and Abuses of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Politics have diluted King's dream.
Andre E. Key
January 13, 2022
How to Tell the Thanksgiving Story on Its 400th Anniversary
Scholars are unraveling the myths surrounding the 1621 feast, which found the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag cementing a newly established alliance.
November 23, 2021
Why Aren’t Conservative Women Recognized During Women’s History Month?
The left regularly dismisses such women as less worthy of recognition.
Kay C. James
The Washington Times
March 1, 2021
How New York's 19th-Century Jews Turned Purim Into an American Party
In the 19th century, Purim became an occasion to hold parties to raise money for charities. These parties helped American Jews gain a standing among the elite.
February 23, 2021
The War on Christmas
A brief history of the Yuletide in America.
The American Scholar
December 28, 2020
A Long-Forgotten Holiday Animates Black Lives Matter
The movement for racial equality echoes the vision of the “August First Day” holiday.
Made by History
July 31, 2020
The Living History of Juneteenth, Our Next National Holiday
A celebration of emancipation in Texas is taking hold in the minds of Americans everywhere.
Brandon R. Byrd
June 19, 2020
Early Photographs of Juneteenth Celebrations
Historical photographs of early Juneteenth celebrations throughout its home state of Texas and across the country.
The Public Domain Review
June 19, 2020
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