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Author Nemanic, Mary Lou, 1950- author.

Title One day for democracy : Independence Day and the Americanization of Iron Range immigrants / Mary Lou Nemanic
Published Athens : Ohio University Press, [2007]


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 252 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), map
Contents Introduction: "Toivo's Airbus, 1992" -- Early Fourth of July celebrations : from rites of resistance to celebrations of American nationalism -- The frontier period : celebrations of diversity in an isolated wilderness region, 1892-1905 -- One day for democracy : Independence Day as a festival of freedom in an era of labor oppression, 1906-24 -- The Great Depression : hard times, the New Deal, and a new nationalism, 1925-41 -- The queens of the Fourth of July : mass culture comes to the Iron Range, 1941-92 -- Epilogue: Looking into the twenty-first century
Summary From the Publisher: Just before the turn of the twentieth century, immigrants from eastern and southern Europe who had settled in mining regions of Minnesota formed a subculture that combined elements of Old World traditions and American culture. Their unique pluralistic version of Americanism was expressed in Fourth of July celebrations rooted in European carnival traditions that included rough games, cross-dressing, and rowdiness. In One Day for Democracy, Mary Lou Nemanic traces the festive history of Independence Day from 1776 to the twentieth century. The author shows how these diverse immigrant groups on the Minnesota Iron Range created their own version of the celebration, the Iron Range Fourth of July. As mass-mediated popular culture emerged in the twentieth century, Fourth of July celebrations in the Iron Range began to include such popular culture elements as beauty queens and marching bands. Nemanic documents the enormous influence of these changes on this isolated region and highlights the complex interplay between popular culture and identity construction. But this is not a typical story of assimilation or ethnic separation. Instead, One Day for Democracy reveals how more than thirty different ethnic groups who shared identities as both workers and new Americans came together in a remote mining region to create their own subculture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-240) and index
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Subject European Americans -- Minnesota -- Social life and customs
European Americans -- Cultural assimilation -- Minnesota
Fourth of July celebrations -- Minnesota -- History
Immigrants -- Minnesota -- Social life and customs
Miners -- Minnesota -- Social life and customs
Iron ranges -- Minnesota -- History
Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects.
Fourth of July celebrations.
Immigrants -- Social life and customs.
Iron ranges.
Manners and customs.
Miners -- Social life and customs.
SUBJECT Minnesota -- Social life and customs
Minnesota -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects -- History
Europe, Eastern -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects -- History
Europe, Southern -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects -- History
Subject Eastern Europe.
Southern Europe.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0821442244
Other Titles Independence Day and the Americanization of Iron Range immigrants