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A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz
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Mar 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: travel, history, nf, read-in-2009
Read in May, 2009

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Tony Horwitz
“The past was a consumable, subject to the national preference for familiar products. And history, in America, is a dish best served plain. The first course could include a dollop of Italian in 1492, but not Spanish spice or French sauce or too much Indian corn. Nothing too filling or fancy ahead of the turkey and pumpkin pie, just the way Grandma used to cook it.”
Tony Horwitz, A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World

Tony Horwitz
“Finally, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November 1863 as Thanksgiving: a day to solemnly acknowledge the sacrifices made for the Union....Shopping was part of the American Dream, too. So in 1939, at the urging of merchants, FDR moved Thanksgiving ahead a week, to lengthen the Christmas shopping season. And there it has remained, a day of national gluttony, retail pageantry, TV football, and remembrance of the Pilgrims, a folk so austere that they regarded Christmas as a corrupt Papist holiday.”
Tony Horwitz, A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World


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